COVID-19 vaccinations are expected to move into the next phase in February.
Nearly eight hundred Delaware County residents have been vaccinated for COVID-19 so far in the first phase – Phase 1A – including healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents and staff.
And Delaware County Public Health Coordinator Charity Loecke says the second phase – Phase 1B – will open the vaccine to more people and that will be getting underway no sooner than February 1st.
Details on Phase 1C – which is expected to include ages 65 and older – is being discussed by the Iowa Disease Advisory Council this week. And vaccine distribution to the general public will come after that, likely by the middle of the year.
Delaware County Public Health says they’re not yet scheduling people for the next phases of the COVID-19 vaccinations. Public Health has been experiencing a large amount of phone calls of people wanting to sign up to receive the vaccine, but they say they are not yet at the point of scheduling people for the next phases of vaccine prioritization – that includes Phase 1B, 1C and the general public.
When plans are announced for the next phases, we’ll share that information here on KMCH. You can also stay updated by signing up for Regional Medical Center’s electronic email newsletter at regmedctr.org/email-newsletter.
Fortunately, COVID-19 cases have slowed down in Delaware County over the past few weeks. The county’s positivity rate was at 12% on Monday, with 39 new cases this past week and two residents currently hospitalized.
Delaware County Public Health says even though some residents are starting to get vaccinated, it’s important to keep wearing masks and doing what you can to slow the spread – keep six feet distance from others, avoid large gatherings and stay home when you’re sick.