Houston County COVID-19 vaccination rates rising due to supply and choice

This week, Houston County received its first doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and set up it’s vaccine clinics to let people choose between Moderna and J&J

CALEDONIA, Minn. (WKBT)- More than half of Houston County residents18 and older, have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. That number is going up, thanks to more vaccine, and more choices for community members. 

Houston County is leading the way in the fight against Coronavirus. As of April 7, 53% of county residents 18 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. That number jumps to 92% for community members 65 and up. “People want to see each other again and they want to get rid of this sooner than later.” says, Houston County Public Health Supervisor Heather Myhre. 

Vaccine rates are on the rise thanks to increasing supply and choice. “We are encouraging people to take whatever shot they can, but it’s up to them. Some people have chosen to wait for Johnson & Johnson.”, says Houston County Director of Heath & Human Services, John Pugleasa.  

This weekHouston County received its first doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine and set up it’s vaccine clinics to let people choose between Moderna and J&J. Vaccinators say the J&appointments went fast. “That was a popular choice today. We only had 100 doses. It doesn’t go as far as we’d like, but we are doing the best we can.”, says Myhre. 

The health department doesn’t know when it will receive the J&vaccine again. Vaccinators are asking you not to wait. “If someone offers you a vaccine, you should take it.”, says Pugleasa. 

The Houston County health department scheduled the Moderna and J&clinics separately mainly for logistics and to reduce the possibility of a medical error. 

If you live or work in Houston County, you can register for a vaccine on the county’s website.