Health department, EMA partnering on vaccinations


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The Highland County Health Department and Highland County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) have partnered to lead the COVID-19 vaccination process in Highland County.

“We have trained for years in preparation for this kind of vaccination event, said David Bushelman, Highland County EMA director. “Our goals for Phase 1B vaccinations are to save lives of the most vulnerable citizens and to get kids back in school.

“Our local health department is dedicated to keeping our community healthy using prevention, resources and education. In addition, we have decades of expertise when it comes to preparation and managing mass vaccination clinics. Our experience with vaccinating for the seasonal flu and the H1N1 pandemic, as well as ongoing training, has prepared us for this work.”

The Highland Emergency Management Agency serves the community as an information and resource support agency. It is committed to engaging with the local health department to ensure that they have the support they need to be successful, the news release said.

“Later this week the health department will be releasing registration information for Highland County COVID-19 vaccinations,” Bushelman said. “They will be using a regional scheduling system to coordinate clinics, so there is no need to call the health department.

“Together, we are well-equipped to lead this effort in our community”

Submitted by David Bushelman, director, Highland County EMA.

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