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COVID-19 vaccine rollout into next phase in Jefferson County

STEUBENVILLE — With an anticipated 900 more doses of COVID-19 vaccine on the way, the Jefferson County Health Department is making preparation to enter Phase 1B of the state’s vaccine distribution plan.

According to a press release issued by the health department Thursday, the next wave of doses is anticipated to arrive sometime next week.

The county had initially received 400 doses of vaccine last month and distributed it to health care workers and first responders under phase 1A.

Specific dates and locations, the release said, will be announced once the shipment’s receipt and total number of doses are confirmed.

As of now, the first group the vaccine will be available to tentatively next week are those 80 and older.

The following week, Jan. 25-30, the health department’s release says the vaccine will be made available to those 75 and older and those with “severe congenital or developmental disorders.” The release says that during the week of Feb. 1-6, the vaccine is tentatively set to be made available for those 70 and older and employees of K-12 schools “that wish to remain or return to in-person or hybrid models.”

Finally, during the week of Feb. 8-13, the vaccine will be made available to those 65 and older, the release stated.

The health department said those who have signed up to be vaccinated when available will be contacted by the staff to schedule the time and location of their vaccination. Residents wishing to sign up can do so on the health department’s website or by calling the office. Those that need assistance signing up can be assisted by a family member or friend.

The release said all vaccinations will be done by appointment to avoid wait times, and all people vaccinated will have a 15-minute wait period afterward in case of an adverse reaction.

The release notes that Trinity Health System is also setting up vaccine clinics through its PrimeTime Senior Center, a program that also will be by appointment. More information on that is anticipated to come from Trinity by next week.

The release also notes that Kroger is launching a vaccine helpline at (866) 211-5320 with information about availability and eligibility in particular areas.

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