COVID-19 vaccine will begin to be administered

The initial 200 doses of COVID-19 vaccine received by the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency are expected to be administered within the next week.

Health officer Rebecca Burns told the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday there is a demand for more Moderna vaccine to satisfy the number of people in the highest category of need in the county.

She said she expects all remaining doses will be allocated and into people’s arms by the middle of next week.

Burns said she has been told by state officials that the agency will not receive any new doses of Moderna until the week of Jan. 24. At this point, Burns said, the state can’t tell the agency how much will be available and how much it will receive.

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