Farm Bureau - Melissa Wheeler

The North Bend Eagle

 

Approval of booster needed before given


Published 9/15/21

FREMONT ­— Three Rivers Public Health Department (3RPHD) is aware that the President of the United States recently announced that COVID-19 booster shots would be available to all Americans starting on Sept. 20. Our department understands that many of our residents would be interested in receiving a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, 3RPHD (and all healthcare providers) must be given authorization by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). ACIP approves use of the vaccine based on research and recommendations from the FDA and CDC. COVID-19 boosters cannot be given until approved and recommended by these entities. We understand that many people are excited to receive a COVID-19 booster, but please understand that 3RPHD is not yet able to schedule these appointments.

When booster doses are approved by the ACIP, 3RPHD will be notified and can then begin scheduling these appointments and administering these doses. Please keep watch for changes on future press releases. 3RPHD is, however, able to administer third doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to anyone who is high risk or immunosuppressed. If you are unsure whether you fall into this category, please consult your health care provider to advise you on whether a third dose is right for you. To learn more on the difference between booster doses and third doses, please visit this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html.

The 3RPHD health district has reported 10,523 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. We have had 141 cases in the last 7 days and 345 cases in the past 14 days. Today, we report 193 COVID-19 positive inpatients in the OMHCC region, 32 of which are currently on ventilators.

“We have seen a decrease in the amount of cases this week when compared to last week,” 3PHD executive director Terra Uhing said. “While the change may be attributed to decreased testing over the holiday weekend, we hope to continue to see decreased case counts in weeks to come. Please continue to be vigilant to protect yourself, your families, and your communities.”

3RPHD has identified 13 new lab-confirmed variants of concern within our health district. The new variants of concern are the B.1.617 Delta variant (India), two in Dodge County, three in Saunders County, and eight in Washington County. To date, Dodge County has a total of 43 identified variants of concern, Saunders County has a total of 27 variants of concern, 17 of Delta variants. Washington County has a total of 37 variants of concern, 16 being the Delta variants. This totals 107 lab-confirmed variants of concern within our health district.

If you are home-bound or require special accommodations and wish to receive a COVID-19 test or vaccine, please contact us at 402-704-2245.

 

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