As we inch closer to the COVID-19 vaccines being made available to the general public, Black Hawk County is now preparing to begin vaccinations outside of a hospital setting. KWWL reports Black Hawk County Public Health received 1,300 doses of the COVID vaccine on Wednesday, January 6.

According to the report, Black Hawk County Public Health Director Dr. Nafissa Cisse Egbuonye says these vaccines will be used to vaccinate frontline hospital workers, those in hospice care, home health, EMS workers and pharmacies. This directly follows CDC guidelines.

Beyond workers and individuals in the above categories, Dr. Egbuonye is hopeful that further guidance is given by the CDC on how to handle the next phase of vaccinations, when additional doses become available.

In the meantime, many of those who received their first COVID Pfizer vaccine last month, are now receiving the second (booster) shot which, according Pfizer, has a 95% of giving the recipient immunity to COVID.

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