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Local health departments joining forces for vaccination clinic

MOUNDSVILLE — Representatives from the Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel county health departments met Thursday to see what the next week of vaccine clinics would look like — and the next clinic likely will bring people from all three counties to one spot.

Administrators from the three departments met at the Marshall County Office of Emergency Management to formulate a plan for a community vaccination clinic next week. Marshall County Threat Preparedness Director Mark Ackermann said the departments were not ready to disclose the full details of the clinic until being granted state approval.

The departments will submit those plans to the state today. Ackermann wasn’t certain when the state’s reply would come, but said they were operating on a seven-day-a-week schedule, so it may come over the weekend.

Ackermann did say the event would take place at one location, with the cooperation of all three entities to distribute around 500 doses of vaccine.

“We’re planning on a multi-county vaccination event, we just can’t give dates or anything like that because the state has to approve it,” he said Thursday. “The state is telling us we’ll be at one spot … and we’re proposing a certain date and time, but that’s all up to the state.

“We’ve got everything planned out for the event, we’re going to submit it for the state to approve it, but they said once they approve it, we’ll be getting approximately 500 doses for the region.”

Ackermann spoke highly of the interdepartmental cooperation in composing the plans for the clinic.

“We’re working very well together; every idea that was posed by any of the groups today, we agreed upon,” he said. “There wasn’t anything that was disputed.

“We had health departments all present, and it was an excellent meeting between all the agencies,” he added. “Couldn’t have asked for anything better. This region works well together, but it’s just now putting the plan on paper, to the state, and getting permission back.”

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