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70 COVID-19 doses makes a difference at Scotland County Hospital

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MEMPHIS, Mo. (WGEM) -- For weeks, people in Missouri had to wait to be vaccinated at Scotland County Hospital because there were not enough doses to meet demand.

Hospital staff said a recent shipment of doses will help them cross that hurdle.

Rural Health Clinic Manager, Lori Nelson said 70 doses is quite significant for a rural area hospital like Scotland County Hospital.

"It could be the amount of doses that would take care of one of our care centers," Nelson said.

42-year-old Jeremiah Justice said he chose to get vaccinated after his physician explained how much of a risk his underlying health conditions puts him for getting sick from the virus.

"I've heard stories about others and fatalities of younger people closer to my age group and it's an eye opener it really truly is," Justice said.

Nurses said people from as far as St. Louis have appointments to be vaccinated at the hospital, but because of weather and road conditions throughout the state, some cannot travel.

So others like Justice move up on the waiting list to make sure no doses goes to waste.

"So it's time to look at it from a different perspective and not politicize it or anything else. Just take care of your health and take care of those around you," Justice said.

Scotland County Hospital CEO, Dr. Randall Tobler said they are supposed to receive 5,000 doses a week in a partnership with Hannibal Regional Health System and Northeast Regional Medical Center.

"However the state has not been allocating the 5,000. We've been getting between the three of us 1,300 and so we've almost had to do a self-rationing based on our local community's needs," Tobler said.

He said with 215 more people on the waiting list, the doses they have received will go far.

"Thus far we've been able to administer nearly 700 vaccines and that so far has meet the demand. I think that there are still probably unmet demand that has not been realized," Tobler said.

Doctors said they anticipate another surge in demand, but a limited supply to meet that demand once the state moves to phase 1-B Tier 3.

Nurses said if you are a Missouri resident who is eligible under Phase 1-B Tier 1 or Tier, to call their COVID-19 hotline (660-342-6295) to get put on their waiting list.

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Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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