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Lee Co. to host vaccine clinic for those 12 to 18 years old

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FORT MADISON (WGEM) -- Officials at the Lee County Health Department said they will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for those ages 12 to 18 on Tuesday.

They said they will be administering 120 doses of the Pfizer vaccine from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a first come first serve basis.

Currently, 33.8% of Lee County residents are fully vaccinated and officials said they're hoping clinics like this one will continue to boost that number.

"We are actually really hoping this is the start of future clinics for this age group and being able to offer the Pfizer vaccine depending on the availability of vaccine from our partners and other counties," community health program manager Emily Biddenstadt said.

Biddenstadt said those interested need to fill out the neccessary forms and bring a parent if they are a minor.

While the health department doesn't have the ultra-cold storage required to store the Pfizer vaccine, she said their health partners do.

Biddenstadt said once the vaccine leaves the ultra-cold storage, it can be kept in slightly warmer conditions for a certain period without going bad.

"They can then go to a normal freezer for two weeks and then into our refrigerator for 30 days so we were able to get some of that, put it into our refrigerator for that time period," she said.

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Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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