COVID-19 vaccine distribution picking up in Lincoln Co.

Moderna Vaccine
Posted at 2:39 PM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 19:42:00-05

LIBBY — Health officials in Lincoln County say COVID-19 vaccine distribution is starting to pick up with more than 300 residents receiving the first dose of the Moderna vaccine.

Lincoln County Public Health Manager Jennifer McCully says area health care providers have administered the vaccine to health care workers, first responders and patients at long-term care facilities.

She says the county is expected to receive another 200 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week and will begin Phase 1B of distribution as soon as possible.

McCully says the health department will focus on individuals aged 70 years and older and those with underlying medical conditions.

She told MTN News that the health department is planning its third vaccination clinic this week, expecting to vaccinate more than 100 residents over a four-hour period. She says the first two vaccination clinics ran smoothly.

“We had a single check-in station, two nurses and then a large monitoring station system in the back of the room, so everybody was socially distanced, masks were worn, and it went very smoothly, so I think we can do 100 to 200 depending on how many nurses we can get,” McCully said.

McCully says the health department has a list of more than 1,000 residents wanting to be vaccinated.