Photos: Green Lake County vaccinates 420 people at Berlin Armory

Nancy Gimenez, public health nurse, administers one of the nearly 600 vaccines there were given last week to those eligible at the Berlin Armory.

The Green Lake County Public Health Department was able to vaccinate 420 first time doses this week at the Berlin Armory and complete second doses for 176 individuals.

“We received our doses that did not arrive ... due to the ice storms down south in addition to this week’s allocation and were able to vaccinate everyone at the Berlin Armory,” Green Lake County Health Officer Kathy Munsey said. “We needed a large site to do this efficiently without making anyone wait for an extended period of time.”

She added: “We have been so grateful to all of our community volunteers, additional governmental staff, especially Human Services and the Sheriff’s Department in helping us manage a large clinic. We could not do it with all of these dedicated individuals who provided excellent service to our community as they received their vaccines.”

Green Lake County will continue to prioritize those over age 65 while adding many essential workers from the next category.

As of March 5, nearly 20% of eligible Green Lake County people have been vaccinated including 62% of those over age 65%.

“This has been a tremendous effort and we are so pleased to be making such great progress with our elderly who are most at risk of having complications if they contract COVID-19,” Munsey said.

A new vaccine registry will be revealed next week on the Green Lake County website to allow eligible individuals to register and receive an appointment invitation.

Munsey says this will expedite the process.

“I would like to personally thank all of our community for their efforts in maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, handwashing and getting vaccinated when you are eligible,” Munsey said. “It has truly made a difference as Green Lake County has finally moved into the ‘Low’ category for disease burden. Less than 4 months ago, we were in the ‘Critically High’ range for cases.

“Your dedication and vigilance in making safe choices has made a difference, but we need to continue our efforts to kill this virus and not let the variants overtake us and have to go back to square one.”

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