More than 2,800 Nodaway County residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Missouri’s COVID-19 Dashboard, as of Feb. 8. In total, 3,213 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, 2,848 of those being first doses.
President of Mosaic Medical Center Nate Blackford said the hospital has vaccinated 1,748 residents at the last two mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics and hope to hold a third event this Thursday, Feb. 11.
The seven-day rolling average of new positive COVID-19 cases as of Feb. 4 — the latest available data at the time of publication — is 2. The county had no new cases for a two-day spurt Feb. 7-8, the latest available data at time of publication. This is the second time there has been two consecutive days with no new cases — the first time being Jan. 30-31.
Despite roughly 10% of the county having been vaccinated, and the county hitting its first all time low since spiking in November 2020, Blackford said the community still has a long way to go before the community reaches immunity standards.
“The combination of those who naturally have the antibodies and those who have the vaccination — you need between the 50, 60, 70% … to get to herd immunity,” Blackford said.
According to the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, the estimated percent of people who need to be vaccinated to reach immunity in a population is between 50% and 80%.
Blackford said Mosaic - Maryville is expecting a shipment Feb. 9 of 300 to 500 Moderna vaccines. He noted that the decrease in the number of vaccines delivered is based on availability from the state.
Blackford noted 1,021 residents at the Feb. 4 clinic were inoculated from the last shipment of vaccines and some extra doses that had not been claimed by caregivers at the hospital.
Despite the rate at which Mosaic - Maryville has been administering doses, it is hard to tell when Nodaway County will reach the level of herd immunity due to the constant change of vaccine availability.
Mosaic - Maryville received a little over 500 doses of vaccines for the first mass vaccination clinic and another 500 for the second clinic. Despite the consistency of the last two vaccine shipments, Blackford said there is no way to tell for sure how many vaccines health officials will receive until they arrive.
In total, the mass vaccination clinics have allowed Mosaic - Maryville, the Nodaway County Health Department and the University to administer 1,700-1,800 doses to local residents.
“We made some minor enhancements that, I think, helped with throughput,” Blackford said about the second mass clinic.
Some of the patients who have received vaccines are student employees through the University Police Department’s Safe Ride Home Program.
Amanda Cullin, adviser of the Safe Ride Home Program and UPD lieutenant, said some of the student employees who work through UPD were offered the opportunity to get vaccinated.
“According to the state of Missouri, it's available to law enforcement departments, and all of our students and staff were offered the option — it wasn’t required — to get vaccinated,” Cullin said.
Cullin said she was not sure how many student employees for Safe Ride had received a vaccine since the process was voluntary. She said the students will go through the same preregistration process as the rest of the community.
Blackford noted the automated preregistration system was launched at 8 p.m. Feb. 8 on Mosaic - Maryville’s Facebook page.
In a Facebook post, the hospital asked residents to preregister through a link. The link takes residents to Mosaic Life Care’s website where residents looking to register for a COVID-19 vaccination can select their vaccination location and start the registration process.