Pottawattamie County continues vaccination effort

More than 2,000 inoculated Saturday
Published: Mar. 13, 2021 at 7:15 PM CST
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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (WOWT) - At the Mid-America Center, Pottawattamie County’s vaccination effort is moving as fast as the state will allow.

“I’m just very impressed with the county,” Amy Steensland-Rickard said after receiving her first vaccine dose. She described the registration process is easy, compared to months prior.

2,345 Iowans received doses out of the 2,5000 available appointments Saturday. People in Phase 1A like Steensland-Rickard are getting innoculated.

“As soon as I got the job, I was like, yep, we’re gonna do this to protect myself and others,” she said.

She starts her new job at a physical therapy clinic Monday. Her husband and their six kids all recovered from mild Covid-19 symptoms. She’s the first in the family to get vaccinated and is scheduled to get her second dose.

“I’ll feel more comfortable going out, doing the grocery shopping instead of ordering online like we have been,” Steensland-Rickard said.

All she had to do was enter her name, address and date of birth on the county’s registration website. After completing consent forms, she got her appointment.

The county’s health director expects clinics to keep filling up. The county expanded to adults ages 18-65 with health conditions.

Phase 1B in Iowa includes people ages 75 and older, as well as adults vulnerable to high-risk exposure.

As Pottawattamie County continues its effort, officials say they’re still limited by the number of doses allocated by the state.

The county says it will continue announcing clinics through local media outlets. Click here to visit their registration website as clinics become available.

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