LCHD, AMI Expeditionary Healthcare partner on community COVID-19 vaccine clinics
For the Tomahawk Leader
LINCOLN COUNTY – The Lincoln County Health Department (LCHD) on Thursday, Jan. 27 announced that it had partnered with AMI Expeditionary Healthcare to provide COVID-19 vaccine clinics next month.
AMI will offer Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines, LCHD said. First, second, booster and pediatric doses will be available. There will be no charge for the vaccines.
The clinics will be held on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the month of February.
The Tuesday clinics will be held at LCHD, 607 N. Sales St., Merrill, on Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, and Feb. 22, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
The Saturday clinics will be held at T.B. Scott Free Library, 106 1st St., Merrill, on Feb. 5, Feb. 12, Feb. 19 and Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.
LCHD said pre-registration for the clinics is encouraged. To pre-register, visit www.bit.ly/3AF7vmN or call LCHD’s COVID-19 line at 715-539-1375. Walk-ins will be accepted. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the clinics. Face masks will be required.
Additional vaccine doses
LCHD said people with weakened immune systems are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that individuals five years and older with moderately- to severely-compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 28 days after their second dose. Children ages 5 to 17 may only receive an additional dose of the Pfizer vaccine, LCHD said.
“COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, but the latest data show that booster doses significantly increase protection against the Omicron variant,” LCHD stated. “The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated and boosted if eligible – particularly for groups that are more at risk for severe COVID-19, such as older people and those with underlying medical conditions.”
For more information about LCHD’s programs and services, visit www.lincolncountyhealthdepartment.com or find LCHD on Facebook.
Visit www.vaccines.gov to find other vaccination locations.