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Health officials offer vaccine survey

FAIRMONT — According to information provided by Community Health sanitarian Tim Langer, Community Health & Human Services of Faribault & Martin Counties is identifying individuals who are eligible and interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.

At this time, the agency has received 300 doses of the Moderna vaccine. As of Jan.14, they have distributed 260 doses to individuals identified as part of Minnesota’s 1A distribution group. The remaining 40 doses have been allocated to the 1A distribution group and appointments have been scheduled. Human Services has not received information about when the next allocation of the vaccine will be coming. 

Recently, the Governor announced an expansion to allow for vaccination of individuals who are over the age of 65 and those working in schools and childcare. A survey identifies that you are interested in receiving the covid-19 vaccine. They will provide information on how you can schedule your vaccine appointment when we receive additional doses of the vaccine. That survey can be found at the following link:

www.surveymonkey.com/r/VaxsurveyFM

Langer notes that the top priority of Human Services is the health and safety of those in our community. He stated it is important that everyone continue to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 even after the vaccines are distributed. This means:

— Social distancing – Staying at least 6 feet from other people when you go out

— Avoid crowded spaces and when possible, take advantage of outdoor activities

— Wear a face covering when you are unable to social distance

— Washing your hands often with soap and water and using alcohol-based hand sanitizers

— Covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue.

Langer shares that these are simple public health interventions that are known to be effective and can make a difference in how quickly the virus spreads, and they are the best ways to slow the spread of disease and protect those most vulnerable in the community. While COVID-19 can be mild for most people, those who are older or have underlying medical conditions can be at a higher risk for severe disease.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, headache, loss of taste/smell, cough, body aches, sore throat, or shortness of breath, stay home. Call your health care provider before going to the clinic or a hospital. They will give you information on what to do.

Community Health & Human Services of Faribault & Martin Counties provides daily COVID-19 updates on their Facebook page. Statewide COVID-19 information can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health website (www.health.state.mn.us).

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