Joint Press Release – March 3, 2021

Immediate Release                                                        

March 3, 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)

  • Winneshiek County continues to receive 300 doses per week which is shared with our partners, Gundersen Clinic and Winneshiek Medical Center.
  • Continues to review vaccine eligibility for Phase 1B Tier 2 groups per IDPH guidelines.
  • 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 continues to receive COVID-19 vaccine from Iowa Department of Public Health.
  • You will be called by WMC staff when the vaccine is available for you, with instructions on the process and location of the vaccine.  If we do not reach you by phone, we will leave a message with callback instructions.  If we do not hear from you, you will not lose your opportunity to receive the vaccine.  We will continue to call until we reach you.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Gundersen administered all 100 doses plus, due to extra doses in some of the 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 continues to receive COVID-19 vaccines through the Federal Retail Pharmacy program and our partnership with Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network (CPESN).
  • As more doses arrive, Donlon Pharmacy 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 received a shipment of 100 Moderna doses on 3/25/21 and all doses have been administered. A total of 218 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to date.

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.