Children ages 12 to 16 as well as adults continued to get vaccines this week in Marshall County, pushing up the percentage of county residents fully immunized against COVID-19.
About 70 young people were immunized Tuesday, said Sue Rhodes, Marshall County Health Department director.
“We’ve been fairly busy,” she said. “That’s good. That was our goal to get all those kids caught up.”
The youth received their first Pfizer vaccine shot and will receive another in about a month.
Rhodes said a similar day to get first shots to ages 12 through 16 will be held before school starts later this summer. The day’s date will be announced soon.
The health department had all three types of vaccine — Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — available this week to those who called to make appointments.
“Adults can always get right in,” Rhodes said. “They just need to call us and we’ll get them scheduled.”
People should call 785-562-3485. Certain days are set aside for vaccinations when enough people sign up.
Weekday testing for COVID-19 is also available at the health department and at Community Memorial Healthcare.
“We are still offering testing every morning,” said CMH marketing director Ashley Kracht.
People needing to be tested should call CMH’s Community Physicians Clinic at 785-562-3942.
The health department reported three active cases in Marshall County Tuesday and three pending tests. No new deaths were reported early this week and no hospitalizations. So far, the county has had 1,132 positive tests reported here since the pandemic began.
In the statewide campaign to prevent new cases, about 50 percent of Kansans 18 and older are now vaccinated.
“I’m pleased at our state’s consistent progress in getting shots in arms – but we still can’t take our foot off the gas,” Gov. Laura Kelly said in a news release late last week. “Every Kansan must get vaccinated to protect our communities, our schools and our economy from future outbreaks, and maintain our steady return to normal.”
To date, the news release said, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 59.9 percent of Kansans 18 and older have been vaccinated with one dose. Additionally, 38.5 percent of all Kansans were reported as vaccinated, the report said, with 46.9 percent of Kansans having received one dose.
“While vaccinating half of all Kansans 18 and older is a significant milestone, hospitalization rates among young people are rising nationwide. It’s critical that all Kansans age 12 and older get vaccinated,” Kelly said. “Health experts continue to demonstrate a thorough, deliberate review process when it comes to vaccines, making safety the number one priority in vaccine approval. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and free. I encourage all Kansans to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated.”