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Vaccines arrive late in Jefferson County

FAIRFIELD — COVID-19 vaccines arrived a little later than usual this week in Jefferson County.

Jefferson County Public Health Administrator Chris Estle said the vaccines arrived Wednesday instead of earlier in the week because of a weather-related delay in Memphis, Tenn., where they came from.

This week, the pharmacies that received a vaccine distribution were Summit, Hy-Vee and Walmart. Sherrie Dvorak, certified pharmacy technician at Fairfield Hy-Vee, said her pharmacy received 100 shots this week and that “they are all spoken for.”

Fairfield Hy-Vee started administering vaccines at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Dvorak said the pharmacy is able to vaccinate one or two people every 15 minutes. The pharmacy is following state guidelines of prioritizing people 65 years of age and older.

Hy-Vee does not have a waiting list. To get an appointment for a vaccine, residents must sign up online, but they may only do so once a vaccine shipment has arrived at the pharmacy.

Dvorak said Hy-Vee, just like the other pharmacies, is only receiving the Moderna vaccine so far. It must be kept in the freezer, and once thawed, must be used within five days. She said the pharmacy has called some people to get a vaccine to ensure that no doses are wasted. She added that Hy-Vee has not wasted any of its vaccines.

“I would say the vaccine rollout is going smoothly,” Dvorak said. “We get a few phone calls, mostly from people wanting to know if we have it.”