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Dubuque County to use majority of this week’s vaccine allocation on school staff

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Dubuque hosting multiple walk-in vaccine clinics this summer

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) -- Dubuque County received a boost in their COVID-19 vaccine allocation this week, the majority of which will be administered to teachers and school staff.

The Iowa Department of Public Health gave the county 1,950 doses this week. The community vaccination clinic at the Kennedy Mall will be one of the sites for vaccinations. School staff eligible for the vaccine are being contacted by their employer to schedule appointments. These vaccines will be administered Thursday and Friday.

Getting the vaccine to pre-K-12 school staff has been a priority for many counties this week. Starting Monday, all school districts across Iowa will be required to offer a 100% in-person learning option after Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill requiring the option. Many school districts have expressed concerns that maintaining social distancing will be impossible with the required 100% in-person learning option.

UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital is using the Kennedy Mall site Wednesday to vaccinate patients 65 and older. The community vaccination clinic is an appointment-only site and walk-ins are not accepted. Residents will be contacted by their primary care provider to schedule a vaccine appointment as they work through the priority groups.

Anyone with questions about COVID-19 vaccine distribution can contact the Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association's COVID information line at 563-556-6200 or click here for more information.