A local health department is preventing another vaccine mix-up

Mercer County Health Department is following extra procedures for upcoming vaccine clinics
Published: Dec. 6, 2021 at 5:56 PM EST
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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) - With covid conditions getting worse, experts say it’s more important than ever to get vaccinated.

The Mercer County Health Department says it is following certain procedures to make sure the proper dosages are given out.

In late October, incorrect doses of the Moderna booster were given out. Health department staff have worked with the CDC, re-written policies, and watched videos to educate themselves on better protocols for distributing vaccines.

Regular vaccines and booster shots will be given at separate tables to prevent any mix-ups.

“We really care about Mercer County. That’s our whole purpose and we really want to gain their trust back. We’ve had a lot of positive response from the community which has been really helpful for the staff. We are working very hard not to let anything like that happen again.” - Bonnie Allen | Interim Administrator for Mercer County Health Department

Health officials say these extra procedures will be taken for the upcoming vaccine clinics including the one coming up on December 8th. It will take place at the Karen Preservati Center at 704 Maple Street in Princeton, WV. Anyone over the age of 12 can get their first or second dose, and their booster shot at this clinic. Bonnie says that children ages 5-12 will be able to get their vaccine at a separate clinic in the near future.

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