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Floyd Valley Healthcare gets ready for next round of vaccinations

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LE MARS, Iowa (KTIV) -- Floyd Valley Healthcare in Le Mars, Iowa is getting ready to start vaccinating more Siouxlanders.

The vaccine is now being offered for several more groups of people,
those ages 75 and older, those with disabilities living at home and are dependent on care staff and correctional facility staff and individuals incarcerated are just a few of the groups eligible in this next phase at Floyd Valley Health Care.

Officials with Floyd Valley Healthcare said they're excited to continue with vaccinations.

"A lot of interest for it. It's just encouraging to know that there are people who are wanting it. And it just looks like the road hopefully back to living again," said Jodi Lennon, Community Health Nurse.

For those wanting the vaccine, you'll first have to call (712) 546-3646 to set up an appointment. Then, you'll be asked a series of questions to determine your eligibility.

"We've had an overwhelming response who are interested in getting the vaccine. Or just have questions, which is fine as well. We can help walk through that and determine if you're eligible or not and get you on the schedule," said Lennon.

With so much interest, officials said the lines may be busy when you call to make your appointment… so be patient.

"We have a long list of messages to call back on a daily basis. We really are asking people if you've called once, please don't call again. We know you called. We will get back to you. Sometimes we get several calls, then it's hard to know if we've called you or not," said Lennon.

Lennon said they're happy so many people are eager about getting the vaccine.

"Just please be patient with us. We're doing the best we can. We really want to get everyone vaccinated. But it takes a lot of time, preparation and manpower," said Lennon.

Continuing to look to the future.

You can view a full list of those eligible below:

  • Persons over the age of 75.
  • Individuals with disabilities living in home settings who are dependent on attendant care staff, and their attendant care staff, if not otherwise vaccinated under Phase 1A.
  • Correctional facility staff and individuals incarcerated, including state and city or county-operated facilities.
  • The staff of and individuals living in congregate settings, not covered by long-term care centers, which includes: shelters, sober living homes, behavioral health treatment centers and detention centers. College dormitories shall not be included as part of Phase 1B.
  • Where public health data indicate outbreaks or clusters of disease among food, agriculture, distribution and manufacturing workers who work in or live in congregate settings that do not allow for social distancing. For example, working in a meatpacking or manufacturing production line or migrant workers who live in bunkroom style housing.
  • PK-12 school staff, early childhood education, and childcare workers.
  • First responders
    • firefighters
    • police officers
    • dependent adult abuse and child welfare social workers
  • Inspectors responsible for health, life and safety, including those in hospital and long-term care settings, child and food production safety.
  • Government officials, including staff, to ensure continuity of government, engaged in state business at the Iowa Capitol during the legislative session.

Also in Plymouth County, Hawarden Regional Health care will have you fill out an online form if you think you are in the next phase for vaccination.

When on the website, select which clinic you'd like to get your vaccine at…like the Akron clinic.

After you fill out the form officials with the clinic will determine if you are eligible for the next phase. They will then compile a list of those eligible.

Once they set dates for vaccination clinics, they will call those on the list to set up an appointment.

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Emily Schrad

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