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Wapello County Public Health Department is looking for volunteers

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Published: Jan. 8, 2021 at 7:09 PM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) -Volunteers will be expected to do things like handing out forms to those getting vaccinated and to also give out vaccinations. The department is looking for people specifically who are familiar with giving out injections like retired medical officials such as registered nurses and nurse practitioners, in case there is a reaction afterward and things can be dealt with promptly.

Public health director Lynelle Diers says volunteers will also be expected to round up people in groups of 10 Due to the vaccine being time-sensitive.

”This is a very unique vaccine, that once we access a vial we have to use that vial within 6 hours so we have to make sure we have 10 people lined up to empty a vial.”

Wapello County is currently vaccinating in Phase 1A which is intended for healthcare personnel and long-term care facilities. It’s expected to continue through the spring.

Next will be Phase 1B which focuses on frontline health care workers and people ages 75 years and older.

Then Phase 1C will be people with underlying medical conditions ages 16-64 and 65-74 and other essential workers.

Finally, the general public will receive the vaccine after Phase 1C has ended, which is expected to be mid to late 2021.

Volunteers will be eligible for vaccinations and diers says if you are looking to sign up to help out you can download the form at the Wapello County website, fill it out and email it to wcph.wapellocounty.org.

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