OREGON — The amount of COVID-19 vaccine on hand in Ogle County has dropped, Ogle County Health Department Administrator Kyle Auman told the Ogle County Board at its Feb. 16 meeting. He said the focus of his department has remained on vaccinations, but they have had to reschedule some vaccine clinics due to a shortage of vaccine.
“We’re still moving forward with our vaccination mission,” Auman said.
He said the decrease in vaccine allocations should remain for the next couple of weeks. He told the board that his department was down to about 20 doses of the vaccine at that time. Auman said the focus for now will be on getting the vaccine to people who are in need of their second dose. That means, for now, the county is holding off on making appointments for first doses.
In total, Auman said about 3.41 percent of the county’s population has been vaccinated. Overall, he told the board the regional positivity rate for the virus was a 3.4 percent. In Ogle County, it was 1.8 percent.
“Really seeing some positive activity and trends there,” he said.
Board member Ben Youman asked Auman if the county will have to re-vaccinate primary care workers eventually or use a booster. Auman said there has been some discussion on booster shots, but nothing concrete has been set. He said it is not clear yet if the current vaccine is good for the variants of the virus that are popping up, or how long the vaccine will be effective.
Board member Tom Smith asked if the county has any timeframe for when people under the age of 65 will receive the vaccination. Auman said there is currently no timeframe for that. He said the current list of those over 65 who still need the vaccine is about 8,000 people. He said the county needs more doses to continue to move forward with its vaccine plan. Auman said the county could potentially vaccinate 3,000 people a week if it had the vaccine doses it needed.