Phase 1A COVID vaccinations are underway locally

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has received an initial allotment of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccinations began for individuals in Phase 1A priority groups last week, as hospitals in the Branch-Hillsdale-St Joseph counties also received shipments to vaccinate their front-line workers. Communications are taking place directly with these entities, and clinics are not open to the general public at this time.

Vaccine distribution for Phase 1A is limited and prioritized to paid and unpaid persons in healthcare settings who have direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials, and are unable to work from home, as well as residents of long-term care facilities. Upon completion of Phase 1A, follow-up communications will be released, according to Rebecca Burns, health officer.

The health department will announce on its website and Facebook page as each priority group in phase one is addressed, and any public clinic dates and times as they become available. The agency is not making appointments or keeping a list of people interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

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