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Ralls County Health Department vaccinates over 500 in a day, awaits info on more vaccines from state

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RALLS COUNTY, Mo. (WGEM) -- When COVID-19 vaccines become available anywhere in the Tri-States, they go fast, like Tuesday in one rural Northeast Missouri community.

Ralls County Health Department officials said hundreds of cars lined up on the Highway 61 shoulder in Ralls County, Missouri to get to the Arch United Methodist Church for vaccinations.

They managed to move two days worth of vaccine in one day, but now the big question is, when will they be getting more from the state?

"Well we heard about the vaccine. Today, and we left the house at 7:30 A.M. this morning got in line at a quarter to nine, and finally got the vaccine at 3:25 P.M.," said Barbara Lancaster.

Her and Gil Lancaster said the long line was worth the wait, they had already printed out the paperwork online and had it ready to go when they got there.

"I was looking forward to it," said Barbara, "I had signed up several places to try to get it"

The Lancasters said they're looking forward to getting their second shot 28 days from Tuesday..

RCHD Disaster Coordinator Planner John Hark said while those shots are ordered and on the way, it's hard to know when RCHD administrator Tanya Taylor's requests for more doses will be approved.

"She will request another round of vaccine and soon as we know that it's coming. We'll start planning another clinic and go from there," said Hark.

Hesaid for now they're working on planning a more efficient distribution as they await more information from the state.

"You know I don't know where to be here if it'd be a different location or what will decide but, as we're getting closer to that, then we'll make that decision and we'll announce all of it, we'll do it again," said Hark.

As far as the Lancasters are concerned, they said they’re just hoping this helps get things back to normal.

"Let's get this virus under control," said Barbara.

Hark said originally more vaccinations were planned for Wednesday, but those have been cancelled at this time as they have already used their allocated vaccines.

The RCHD got help from the Ralls and Marion county ambulance districts, the Ralls County Sheriff's office, the Missouri National Guard, and MoDOT.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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