Joint Press Release – February 24, 2021

Immediate Release                                                        

February 24, 2021

Weekly update on Covid-19 planning:

Covid-19 vaccine is being delivered to Winneshiek County allowing vaccinations to resume.

Winneshiek County Public Health (WCPH)

  • Continues to review vaccine eligibility for Phase 1B Tier 2 groups.
  • Used 100% of doses available -Phase 1B, Tier 1 which included schools’ first dose completed.
  • Only those residents who DO NOT have a primary physician or pharmacy in Winneshiek County should call WCPH at 563-382-4662.

Winneshiek Medical Center (WMC)

  • Winneshiek Medical Center has administered all vaccine doses allocated to them within days of receiving the allocation.
  • Since February 1, Winneshiek Medical Center has received 400 vaccine doses from Public Health and have administered 410 doses, due to occasional extra doses in some vials. All doses allocated have been used.
  • Patients who receive family medicine care at Winneshiek Medical Center with a Mayo Clinic Health System physician or advanced practice provider (nurse practitioner or physician assistant) will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at WMC.
  • Patients will be called by WMC staff when the vaccine is available for them, with instructions on the process and location of the vaccine.
  • WMC will determine the order/timeline of vaccine distribution by following a standard COVID-19 risk score, based on information in the patient’s health record.

Gundersen Health System

  • Has given all 200 doses plus due to extra doses in some vials that was allocated to them.
  • Gundersen Health System will continue to contact their patients via phone as they work through their priority list.

Donlon Pharmacy

  • Donlon Pharmacy will continue to receive COVID-19 vaccines through the Federal Retail Pharmacy program and our partnership with Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network (CPESN).
  • No COVID-19 vaccine was shipped last week due to weather conditions. We are hopeful to receive vaccines this week.
  • As more doses arrive, Donlon’s will continue to randomly contact patients age 65 and older who have received a prescription from the pharmacy in the last year to schedule an appointment.
  • Please be patient and do not contact the pharmacy to request an appointment.
  • Donlon Pharmacy has administered 108 COVID-19 vaccines throughout the month of February.

Walmart Pharmacy

  • Partnering with state and federal agencies as we await allocations.
  • Building a new digital scheduling tool to make appointments easy.
  • Stay up to date on how Walmart and Sam’s Club are supporting the vaccine rollout, visit corporate website
  • Currently does not have any vaccine available.

Thrifty White Pharmacy

  • Thrifty White Pharmacy’s website has the option to get notified of any appointment openings by clicking on the Join Our Notification Waiting List button.
  • The patient needs to complete the required information and selects a pharmacy location where they would like to receive their vaccination, and then accepts authorization for Thrifty White Pharmacy to contact them.
  • If a couple has a joint email address, only one of them can sign up on the Notification Wait List. Once they receive notification of available appointments, they will be able to schedule appointments for both people.
  • Currently does not have any vaccine available.