McLeod County Health and Human Services reports on COVID-19 vaccination progress

MCLEOD COUNTY – McLeod County Health and Human Services Director Berit Spors recently updated the public about progress made in COVID-19 vaccinations throughout the county.

Spors said that many residents may not know that employees working in public health try to prevent people from getting sick or injured in the first place. Controlling communicable diseases is perhaps the oldest and most fundamental public health responsibility. For decades, it was the primary responsibility of local public health agencies and, in fact, the main reason for their creation. Government agencies, and public health officials all play a significant role in responding to infectious disease epidemics and emergency situations.

Public health officials must remain vigilant, so they can ensure populations remain protected. McLeod County Health and Human Services is continuing to be diligent in work around COVID-19.

As staff celebrates National Public Health Week April 5-11, they want to highlight our COVID-19 vaccination efforts thus far. As of April 5, McLeod County Health and Human Services has completed 28 COVID-19 vaccination clinics, providing 3,860 first doses and 1,471 second doses. This means 5,331 doses were administered to residents.

As of 4/1/2021, 82% of those 65 and older and 32% of McLeod’s total population have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. April 1 was the biggest vaccine clinic that McLeod County Health and Human Services has provided thus far, with 416 doses being administered.

These clinics continue to provide the Moderna vaccination (two dose series) and future clinics will start serving McLeod residents aged 18 years old and up. Staffers are proud of the work they have done, along with the efforts of clinics and pharmacies getting vaccines in arms.

Here are a few reasons to get the COVID-19 vaccination:

• Protect yourself from COVID-19. • Support your community. Help keep businesses, schools, and other places open.

• The vaccine is FREE for everyone. Insurance and immigration status do not matter.

• Help put an end to the pandemic. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is one of the best ways to protect yourself and everyone around you.

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