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Vaccines arrive this week


GALENA–According to Sandra Schleicher, Jo Daviess County public health administrator, the county will receive its first allocation of COVID-19 vaccines at Midwest Medical Center this week. Those vaccines will be administered to health care workers.

Schleicher said the county’s vaccination plan has not been approved by the state at this time, but she anticipates another allocation of vaccines will arrive next week. Plans call for more health care workers to receive the vaccine, as well as possibly EMS volunteers.

At this time, the Jo Daviess County Health Department is planning to vaccinate at its location in Galena when more doses of the vaccine become available to the county. The public is currently not able to sign up to receive the vaccine.

According to Schleicher, long-term care facilities are a part of the federal plan for vaccinations, and CVS or Walgreen’s pharmacies will administer the vaccines to long-term care residents. Schleicher was uncertain about when that will take place in Jo Daviess County.