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DIDHD: Two priority groups can call now for virus vaccine

Shots must be scheduled; no walk-ins allowed

NORTH DICKINSON COUNTY SCHOOL staff Lorrie Jauquet, Mike Roell and Carol Sgarlotti received their first round of the COVID-19 vaccine Monday morning from the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department. In all, 24 North Dickinson staff members were able to get the vaccine, Superintendent/Principal Angel Inglese said. (Submitted photo)

KINGSFORD/IRON RIVER — Starting today, residents in two priority groups can call the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department for an appointment to get the coronavirus vaccine, local health officials announced.

For now, the DIDHD is limiting distribution of the vaccine to the Phase 1B Priority One group — ages 65 or older — and Phase 1B Priority Two group, which consists of first responders, educators, corrections staff and child protective service workers.

Those businesses or agencies that fall within this group and have already filled out a survey will be contacted by DIDHD to schedule, the DIDHD added in a news release Monday. The department began a first round of shots Monday in area schools.

Those in the priority groups who wish to receive the shot can call 906-774-1868 in Dickinson County and 906-265-9913 in Iron County to schedule an appointment with the DIDHD. Regular office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central time Monday through Friday.

Appointments are required; no walk-ins will be accepted. These appointments are for Dickinson and Iron county residents only. Participants will be required to provide a valid ID.

Dickinson-Iron District Health Department registered nurse Debbee Horton administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Norway-Vulcan Area Schools Superintendent Lou Steigerwald. (Submitted photo)

The COVID vaccinations are provided at no cost to individuals, according to the DIDHD.

Scheduling and appointments will be based on vaccine availability, which the DIDHD does not control.

To allow for better social distancing, mass clinics will be scheduled at these off-site locations:

— For Iron County, at the east entrance — near the parking lot by the bus garage — to Forest Park School in Crystal Falls.

— For Dickinson County, at the yellow administrative building at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds in Norway; entrance is across from Oak Crest Golf Course.

Individuals with internet access can find consent forms and other information regarding COVID-19 at didhd.org. The department requests that a consent form be printed and filled out if possible before arriving for an appointment to help keep the clinic flow moving. Those unable to get the form online can fill out a consent form when checking in.

For more information, go online to didhd.org or michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine. Residents should watch for additional scheduling options in the future.

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