Rita Wohlert COVID Vaccine

Rita Wohlert, of Iowa Falls, receives a COVID-19 vaccine from Tracy Petersen, R.Ph, of Medicap Pharmacy, on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. Ninety-five people received vaccines at the Iowa Falls Fire Station that morning as one of two vaccine clinics held that day in Hardin County.

Hardin County Public Health announced on Thursday that a COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be held on Sunday, May 23 for people between the ages of 12 and 18.

The shots will be administered between 4 and 6 p.m. inside the South Hardin High School Auditorium (1800 24th St. in Eldora). HCPH is partnering with Medicap Pharmacy to execute the clinic. Appointments are required and can be made via Medicap's website at www.mymedicapppharmacy.com/eldora or by calling Medicap at 641-858-3567 or HCPH at 641-939-8444.

Those who make appointments will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which requires a second dose three weeks after the first. A clinic to administer second doses is scheduled for Sunday, June 13.

The clinic is a result of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's expansion of the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to include those 12 thru 15 years of age. The FDA announced the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has met the statutory criteria to amend the EUA, and that the known and potential benefits of the vaccine in individuals 12 and older outweigh the known and potential risks.

HCPH still advises that people should continue to use mitigation strategies even after being vaccinated. Those strategies include.

  • Staying home if sick
  • Washing your hands often
  • Staying six-feet away from others if possible
  • Wearing a mask
  • Recognize that older people and those with chronic health conditions like diabetes, obesity, heart issues and organ transplants have a much higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19

(2) comments

Sarah Hensley

I'm happy to see that this article included that the vaccine only has Emergency Use Authorization. Please keep in mind that this is the only way they are able to distribute the vaccine before it is FDA approved. The information they gain as more and more people risk receiving the vaccine will help them determine if FDA approval is appropriate or not, and will also give a better picture of what the currently unknown risks are. The known and potential benefits outweigh the known and potential risks, but that is only as of right now. For me, personally, the unknown risks with a new vaccine are what I can't accept. If I perceived an actual emergency, I might consider an experimental vaccine- but for covid, no. Our health is precious. I am much more comfortable accepting vulnerability to Covid-19, especially for my kids. I hope no one gets the vaccine without thinking through the concept of unknown risks and lack of FDA approval. These vaccines truly are experimental. A lot will be learned over time from the people who get it.

Also, Emily Brunson, MPH, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology at Texas State University says, "I think we need to avoid the trap of thinking that information or knowledge is enough, because for a lot of the people, and when you look at hesitancy and potential vaccine hesitancy in the US, the group who is most likely to purposefully choose to not vaccinate are highly educated. In speaking with them, these are people who have read the primary literature themselves, and they're correctly interpreting it, so it's not a misunderstanding. They have other concerns that go beyond the traditional public health message of, 'This is what you should be doing.'" She studies vaccine hesitancy and knowledge regarding Covid-19. The point is that being informed does not necessarily lead to people wanting the vaccine, so please let's not assume anyone is ignorant, no matter what they choose. There's a risk, so we need to be understanding of each other's differences in choice.

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Sarah Hensley

I'm happy to see that this article included that the vaccine only has Emergency Use Authorization. Please keep in mind that this is the only way they are able to distribute the vaccine before it is FDA approved. The information they gain as more and more people risk receiving the vaccine will help them determine if FDA approval is appropriate or not, and will also give a better picture of what the currently unknown risks are. The known and potential benefits outweigh the known and potential risks, but that is only as of right now. For me, personally, the unknown risks with a new vaccine are what I can't accept. If I perceived an actual emergency, I might consider an experimental vaccine- but for covid, no. Our health is precious. I am much more comfortable accepting vulnerability to Covid-19, especially for my kids. I hope no one gets the vaccine without thinking through the concept of unknown risks and lack of FDA approval. These vaccines truly are experimental. A lot will be learned over time from the people who get it.

Also, Emily Brunson, MPH, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology at Texas State University says, "I think we need to avoid the trap of thinking that information or knowledge is enough, because for a lot of the people, and when you look at hesitancy and potential vaccine hesitancy in the US, the group who is most likely to purposefully choose to not vaccinate are highly educated. In speaking with them, these are people who have read the primary literature themselves, and they're correctly interpreting it, so it's not a misunderstanding. They have other concerns that go beyond the traditional public health message of, 'This is what you should be doing.'" She studies vaccine hesitancy and knowledge regarding Covid-19. The point is that being informed does not necessarily lead to people wanting the vaccine, so please let’s not assume anyone is ignorant, no matter what they choose. There’s a risk, so we need to be understanding of each other’s differences in choice.

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