Vaccine going out in county, appointments must be scheduled

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The COVID-19 vaccine will continue to be dispensed in Marion County.

The county health department put out a release, saying it will put on clinics every Wednesday throughout February to vaccinate the elderly.

The clinics—so far it has conducted two—are available by appointment only and are available to residents of the county or those with primary care providers in the county 65 years of age or older.

To get on the list, those eligible can call the Marion County Health Department at 620-382-2550. The county release stated that some physicians are keeping appointment lists, as well.

“Please do not put your name on more than one list,” the release stated. “All lists come to the health department eventually because the health department makes the appointments.”

Currently, the vaccination allocations are being given out from oldest down to youngest in the current 65-plus group. At the first clinic, 170 of the elderly were vaccinated. The department reports that it’s been receiving doses from the state in the 200 dose range.

“When your age group comes up, and if your name is on a vaccine list, we will call you to make the appointment,” the health department said.

The vaccine distributed will be the Moderna vaccine, which has been shown to be 94% effective in preventing contraction of COVID-19. In cases where contraction occurred, symptoms and illness have been mild.

The vaccine is free and is distributed in two doses, meaning that those who get the first dose will have to get a follow up dose for the vaccine to be totally effective.

Vaccination progress can be followed at www.marioncoks.net.

In total, the county has had 967 probable and confirmed cases and currently has 49 active cases, with three residents hospitalized.

In total, the county reports 10 deaths from COVID-19.

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