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Nearly 3,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Charles City

By Community Member | March 23, 2021 11:54 am

Charles City County has administered nearly 3,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of March 23.

As efforts related to COVID-19 vaccination intensify across the state, Charles City has been recognized as a model county when it comes to distribution of the vaccine.

“We learned early on that for a rural community, word-of-mouth marketing and offline community influencer engagement would be critical to engaging citizens to participate in vaccination clinics,” said Charles City County Administrator Michelle Johnson in a press release. “It is important for us to build trust at every level of the community so that all of our citizens have the opportunity to get protected from the deadly disease.”

To date, 2,892 doses have been administered with 2,085 individuals receiving at least one dose. That is the equivalent to roughly 29.9 percent of the county’s entire population, more than five-percent higher than the state average.

“This is an important effort to improve safety for our community,” said Charles City Fire and Emergency Services Director Jimmy Johnson. “While some remain skeptical, the whole community has come together to get the world out, get questions answered, and build confidence and trust in the vaccines so that citizens know it is safe for them to take.”