FREMONT – The Three Rivers Public Health Department, Methodist Fremont Health and Methodist Physicians Clinic have announced a partnership that will help launch the community COVID-19 vaccination effort beginning with those 75 years of age and older in Dodge County. Vaccinations for this age group will begin on Thursday, Jan. 28, starting with those who have already submitted their names via the Three Rivers Public Health Department wait list. Vaccinations will be distributed at Christensen Field (1710 W. 16th Street in Fremont) and provided by appointment only on designated days and times.
“We are so pleased to be bringing the COVID-19 vaccine to the community while partnering with Methodist Fremont Health and Methodist Physicians Clinic,” said Terra Uhing, executive director of the Three Rivers Public Health Department. “We are very pleased with the interest from our 65-plus population in getting the vaccine. This is a population that is most at risk for COVID-19, so being able to get them vaccinated is a step in the right direction with the pandemic.”
The Three Rivers Public Health Department reports that approximately 7,000 local citizens age 65 and older reside in its service area. Many of those individuals have already expressed interest in getting the vaccine by registering on the Three Rivers wait list.
Methodist Fremont Health will be using the Three Rivers Health Department wait list to contact individuals to schedule vaccination appointments. Individuals being vaccinated must commit to receiving both the first and second doses – with the second dose being administered approximately 28 days after the first dose.
“Since the start of the pandemic, Methodist Fremont Health has certainly been impacted – not only in the way our health care heroes have stepped up to this challenge but also in the community support we have received,” said Brett Richmond, president and CEO of Methodist Fremont Health. “When presented with the chance to assist Three Rivers with this vaccination initiative, we welcomed the opportunity. We truly see this as a way to give back not only to our older residents who are so vulnerable to this virus but also to the community. This is one more step we can take together to turn the corner on the pandemic.”
Through the partnership, the Three Rivers Public Health Department will initially allocate 300 doses per week to Methodist Fremont Health. There is a possibility that the weekly allocation will grow in the coming weeks if state and federal supply increases.
Methodist Fremont Health will be contacting residents for vaccinations in the order in which they registered for the Three Rivers Health Department wait list. Based on the amount of vaccine received, this process will take some time, so officials are asking for the community’s patience. Individuals 65 and older who want to be vaccinated and have not yet registered with the health department are encouraged to do so by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If individuals are unable to register online, they can contact a Three Rivers Public Health Department dedicated sign-up phone number at (402) 704-2247 and leave a voicemail.