The Lincoln County Health Department held a mass vaccination event at Lincoln County Fairgrounds on Jan. 29.
The LCHD expected a large turnout for the event, which was coordinated with the Missouri Air National Guard and ran well into the evening. However, the groups didn’t have much time to plan the event, so they had to work quickly.
“The people who were vaccinated were those preregistered, and were given calls by the health department,” said Brett Siefert, LCHD administrator. “We made 2,000 calls in two days. That was an exercise in itself.”
Logistically, the cars had to be lined up differently at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. Capt. Jeremy Idelman of the Missouri Air National Guard said the parking lot of the Poplar Bluff event a few weeks earlier was much wider and clearer.
Each vaccination was done 10 cars at a time, with a mandatory 15-minute waiting period to guard against any immediate allergic reactions. Overall, Idelman said the Lincoln County mass vaccination went just as smoothly.
“When we did the community vaccination (in Poplar Bluff), we lined up much differently,” he said. “We knew we were going to have at least 1,000 cars in a smaller area, so we did it differently.”
Around 1,800 of the 2,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine were administered during the Jan. 29 event. An appointment-only event was held on Feb. 1 at the LCHD office in Troy.
Siefert said the department did as well as it could under short notice with what it had, but the LCHD has put in requests for as much of the COVID-19 vaccine as possible – and hopefully – it will come as soon as possible.
“There is no equitable process, but we wanted to do this as fair as possible,” Siefert said. “We only had 2,000 vaccines. Just because you don’t get one doesn’t mean it’s just over.
“There’s more demand than supply right now. It just means we don’t have enough for you to get one right now.”
Individuals who received the vaccines will return on Feb. 19 for their second dose.