The Beaufort County Well being Division is progressively shifting extra sources to deal with its COVID-19 vaccination efforts, in keeping with Well being Director Jim Madson.
Madson mentioned the division is barely slicing its COVID-19 testing hours and streamlining its contact tracing course of to permit its workers extra time to facilitate the county’s phased vaccination course of.
Beaufort County is following the state’s vaccine distribution plan. Proper now, the county is in Part 1a of that plan. Healthcare staff concerned within the remedy of COVID-19 are presently eligible to be vaccinated, in addition to staff and residents of long-term care amenities.
Roughly 2,000 Beaufort County residents are presently eligible to obtain the primary of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Madson mentioned 506 vaccines had been administered as of Monday. That quantity doesn’t but embrace long-term care amenities. CVS is the vaccine supplier for these amenities and vaccines are presently in progress at these places.
The following step within the vaccination course of is Part 1b, which is split into three subgroups. Madson expects that part to start on Monday, January 11. The primary subgroup will embrace everybody over the age of 75; the second subgroup will cowl extra well being staff and important front-line staff aged 50 and over; and the third subgroup of Part 1b will cowl healthcare staff and important frontline staff beneath 50 years of age.
The healthcare staff listed in these three subgroups embrace, however aren’t restricted to, behavioral well being suppliers, environmental companies personnel, pharmacy technicians, and emergency preparedness staff. Important front-line staff embrace first responders who haven’t but been coated, manufacturing plant workers, detention middle workers members, agricultural and meals manufacturing staff, postal service staff, public transportation staff, and grocery store staff .
Madson mentioned that roughly 6,000 persons are coated in Part 1b.
Part 2 will likely be divided into 4 subgroups. The primary group is anybody between 65 and 74 years outdated; the second group is anybody aged 16 to 64 with a high-risk medical situation; the third group consists of incarcerated and homeless individuals; and the fourth group is made up of important staff who haven’t but been vaccinated.
Madson doesn’t have an actual schedule for Part 2, however estimates that it’s going to start in mid-February.
Part three will embrace college students in grades Ok-12 who nonetheless want a vaccination. In Part four, the vaccination course of will likely be open to the remainder of most of the people.
On the Beaufort County Board of Commissioners assembly Monday evening, Madson requested for persistence with the vaccine course of. He mentioned he plans to obtain about 100 vaccines per day.
UPDATED TESTING SCHEDULE
COVID-19 testing is now obtainable on the following places and occasions: Beaufort County Well being Division, Monday by means of Friday, 9 am to 12 pm; Recent Anointing Church in Aurora, Mondays from 11 am to five pm; The Wilkinson Heart in Belhaven, Wednesdays from 11 am to five pm; and Spring Backyard Missionary Baptist Church in Washington, Fridays from 11 a.m. to five p.m.