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500 people vaccinated in Scott county, hundreds to go

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WINCHESTER, Ill. (WGEM) -- Smaller communities in the Tri-states vaccination efforts are ramping up.

Scott County Health Department nurse, Angela Hoots said they were able to do 150 vaccinations this week and have hundreds left to go for the county.

"Usually we only have about 100 doses to do first doses, however it's not always weekly. Sometimes they don't come for two or three weeks at a time," Hoots said.

Hoots said their biggest hurdle is the amount of vaccines they receive and how many people they have on staff to administer them.

She said the county has vaccinated 500 people so far with 700 people still on the list to receive their shot.

"We can handle the 100, we wish it was more. We feel like we can do more shots," Hoots said.

Nurse Mehgan VanDeVelde said they have three nurses on hand to administer the vaccines so they've had to alter their testing process to keep up.

"We used to Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 9 to 11. When we started getting more shipments in of the vaccine, we started to not test on Wednesday's anymore to allot day to be able to give vaccines," Mehgan VanDeVelde said.

She said in the midst of vaccine efforts, two days a week they do at least 120 COVID-tests.

"So we are still trying to balance the testing, vaccine, and scheduling, as well as all the other duties we're supposed to be doing here on a regular basis," VanDeVelde said.

She said they get 10 doses per vial. So they schedule people in groups of 10, to make sure that no doses go to waste.

Hoots said people living in Scott County who are eligible to be vaccinated can call 217-742-8203 provide your name, age, and any underlying health conditions you may have.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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