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Winneshiek County not able to open vaccinations for those under 65 with medical conditions


WINNESHIEK COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) -- Winneshiek County Public Health is saying they will not be able to move forward to vaccinating additional groups starting on Monday, March 8.

This is in response to the state's addition of people 64 and younger with medical conditions to the list of Iowans eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The announcement was not something county health departments were aware of until Thursday, according to Winneshiek County Public Health. They say they haven't received guidance from the IDPH regarding the change and how to handle it.

The county is receiving 300 vaccine doses a week, which get distributed to their partners Winneshiek Medical Center and Gunderson Health System.

The county says their focus remains on vaccinating individuals over the age of 65 and in the previous eligible tiers.

"We hope the amount of vaccine coming into Winneshiek County will increase soon and we will be able to expand our priorities," Winneshiek County Public Health said. "Thank you for your continued patience as we work to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible."

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