Many kids who’ve already obtained their first COVID-19 vaccine will obtain their second dose from the Hopkins County Well being Division this week.
Well being Division Director Denise Seashore stated the division’s cellular van will probably be used to assist administer vaccines to kids 12 and older.
“That’s our precedence this week with the truck,” he stated.
If there are any further doses, the van will go to totally different companies and ask if they’ll provide the vaccine to native workers, he stated.
“We do not have an actual schedule, we’re simply taking it out and going round,” Seashore stated.
As for the vaccines on the clinic, he stated they’ve been secure.
“We have been fairly busy within the mornings,” Seashore stated.
About 40% of the Hopkins County group has been absolutely vaccinated, he stated. She would really like the quantity to return near herd immunity, which is round 70%.
“I am nonetheless hopeful that we will get there,” stated Seashore, who stated she is optimistic now that kids may be vaccinated, and is hopeful that by late summer season there will probably be a vaccine accessible for kids below 12.
“That will surely assist with faculty within the fall and sports activities within the fall,” Seashore stated.
On Monday, the Well being Division reported 29 new COVID-19s over the previous week, bringing the overall variety of lively instances to 50 within the county. There have been four,449 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 and 148 associated deaths.
Seashore stated the numbers aren’t the place the Well being Division needs them to be, however issues appear to be stepping into the fitting path.
“We wish to see them go decrease, however general we really feel fairly good,” he stated.
Kristy Quinn, director of promoting and public relations for Baptist Well being Madisonville, stated the hospital continues to be testing optimistic for COVID-19, however most are within the youthful inhabitants that has not but been vaccinated.
“We actually credit score the vaccine with lowering hospitalizations, deaths and optimistic exams,” he stated.
He stated it is essential for folks to do not forget that not everybody has had an opportunity to get the COVID-19 vaccine, so take precautions.
Quinn stated there have been three optimistic COVID-19 sufferers within the hospital on Monday, and none within the Intensive Care Unit. COVID-19 sufferers make up solely 2% of the hospital’s whole affected person inhabitants.
She stated that whereas some areas are easing COVID-19 restrictions, some companies nonetheless require masks because of the populations served.
“We ask that the general public respect our masking requests at our services and our restricted visitation insurance policies,” Quinn stated. “We are going to make adjustments to those insurance policies when it’s deemed protected to take action.”
To schedule an appointment with the Well being Division, name 270-821-5242 ext. 229.