Mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic planned in Spencer

Thursday, April 1, 2021

As all Iowans ages 16 and older become eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 starting next week, a large-scale vaccination clinic is expected to be held at the Spencer High School Fieldhouse on Saturday, April 10. The clinic will be open to anyone regardless of county or state residence.

“We’re excited for the opportunity to get more people in our region vaccinated against COVID-19 and the timing is great, since any Iowan over age 16 will be eligible to be vaccinated next week,” Colette Rossiter, Clay County Public Health coordinator, said.

Clay County Public Health, Avera Medical Group Spencer and Spencer Hospital are collaborating with Estherville Pharmacy to offer the clinic. The Estherville Pharmacy secured a federal allocation 1,170 doses of Pfizer vaccine, which is approved for ages 16 and older. Pfizer is a two-dose vaccine with the second dose given three weeks after the first dose, and a corresponding vaccination clinic for the boost dose is set for Saturday, May 1.

“As healthcare providers, we often hear how anxious people are for a return to normalcy," said Amanda Young, family practice physician with Avera Medical Group Spencer, said. "Getting immunized to help protect you and others from COVID-19 also helps curtail the spread of the virus, which is necessary for a return to normalcy. Also, getting vaccinated helps prevent serious disease and, as a physician, I can’t stress enough that you do not want to be someone who is facing long-term consequences a COVID-19 illness may have.”

To schedule an appointment online, visit: https://calendly.com/clayph/covid-clinic-april-10

For those who do not have the ability to schedule online, an appointment scheduling call center will open at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 6 to provide scheduling assistance. The call center can be reached at (712) 264-6514.

Those who register will be asked to bring with them the following items:

·Identification card (examples: driver’s license, government issued ID)

·Insurance card (If an individual does not have insurance, bring social security card and ID. There is no charge to anyone getting vaccinated. The pharmacy is reimbursed by Medicare or insurance for vaccine administration.)

·Completed consent form. A link to the consent form is included in the online registration process and also available on the vaccination information page at www.spencerhospital.org.

The public is also being asked to wear a mask when entering the facility and throughout their time at the vaccination clinic.

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