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Woodbury County health officials asking public for patience as they continue administering COVID-19 vaccines

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- The number of vaccinations in Woodbury County continues to grow as the Siouxland District Health Department receives more doses.

But we are still in phase 1A of the distribution process. Local health officials say it could be a bit longer before we start on phase 1B.

"Calling to ask for appointments isn't going to garner them any appointments, it uses a lot of our resources and time. Calling just to seek when it's going to occur -- we will make the announcement, we will make people aware of it. We just ask that 1B category just relax a bit at this point in time, we're getting vaccines out the door as quickly as we can," said Health Director Kevin Grieme of the Siouxland District Health Department.

Over 3,500 residents have received the first dose in Woodbury County. But local health officials said they still have a ways to go before all health care professionals in phase 1A that want to be vaccinated, are.

"We are hoping by the end of January to have that completed, but that's where all of our doses are allocated to at this time," said Grieme.

As for who gets to be first in line for phase 1B vaccinations, Grieme said it will go to people 75 or older. As for the subgroups in 1B that includes fire rescue and law enforcement personnel, Grieme said it also depends on doses.

"If we're only getting 500 doses, that's not going to meet the needs of any one of those subgroup audiences. So we are looking at figuring out the strategy, kind of, as far as supply," said Grieme.

Grieme said they're still working hard on getting the community answers for when those eligible for phase 1B can start signing up. He said the health department's biggest request for the public right now is patience.

Libbie Randall

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