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Health departments begin to shift focus from COVID testing to vaccine distribution

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EDINA, Mo. (WGEM) -- Nurses at the Knox County, Missouri health department said as they get more of the vaccine they'll likely be doing less COVID-19 testing.

Nurses said while they have been doing rapid testing three days a week there, they won't be able to sustain that when they start administering more vaccines.

It's because with limited staff they just cannot ramp up both testing and vaccinations.

"We were able to continue our testing this week, but as the vaccine becomes more readily available. We may have to cut back on the amount that we actually do for testing in order to get the vaccine provided," said KCHD RN Phyllis Whitlatch.

Whitlatch said if you do need a test however it will still be available upon request.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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