Vaccine supply slowly trickling down to Dallas County providers

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The vaccine provider locator tool lists the 26 vaccine providers in Dallas County. None have vaccine appointments available at this time.

Some 4,495 vaccinations have been administered in Dallas County as of noon Jan. 31, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health vaccine dashboard. Dallas County received its first supply of doses Dec. 23.

The county has a population of nearly 100,000 people.

The state’s vaccine dashboard includes a vaccine provider locator tool that lists vaccine providers in Dallas County who have agreed to provide shots. No vaccinations are currently available. The next round begins Friday at noon.

“The vaccine supply in Dallas County remains limited,” the Dallas County Public Health Department said Thursday. The department said a small number of appointments will be available for the week of Feb. 1-5, but the appointments are expected to fill quickly.

Scheduling for appointments at the Dallas County Health Department will open at noon Friday, Feb. 5. There will be no clinic at the Dallas County Health Department for the week of Feb. 1-5.

“As vaccine continues to arrive in Dallas County, additional appointment slots will become available in the upcoming weeks,” the health department said.

People currently eligible for vaccinations include:

  • Healthcare workers
  • Long-term care residents
  • Individuals ages 65 and older
  • First responders (firefighters, law enforcement officers and dependent adult abuse and child welfare social workers)*
  • PK-12 school staff, early childhood education and childcare workers*

*First responders and school staff should check with their administration regarding upcoming onsite clinics before scheduling with a local pharmacy.

Some consumers have made critical comments in light of the small supply of vaccine and the cumbersome online appointment process.

“Do you really think this is a well thought out way to provide health services?” asked one frustrated consumer Saturday. “It forces the public to poorly designed and overworked websites until just maybe we get lucky. While the numerical base gets larger all the time. Please make a list by priority and let us put our names on it. We will wait our turn. Let us know when that is. Please don’t make us participate in this poorly run Easter Egg Hunt.”

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