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Polk County residents were vaccinated with the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine last week in Balsam Lake.

Polk and Burnett counties held a COVID-19 drive-thru vaccination clinic Jan. 28 in Balsam Lake. 

According to Polk County health officials, those eligible to receive the vaccine were health-care workers, long-term care staff and residents, first responders (police and fire personnel) and those 65 and older. 

In addition, those who work in direct care personnel, massage therapists, social work, case management and correctional staff were eligible to receive the vaccine.

The clinic accepted patients by appointment only. If one registered and was not part of those groups, they will be pushed to the next round until they become eligible. 

Health officials stated approximately 3,000 first and second doses were being administered between Polk and Burnett counties and those selected. 

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) estimates the following groups would be eligible to receive the next round of vaccine March 1: 

Educators and child care

Individuals enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs

Public Facing Essential Workers (911 operators, utility and communications infrastructure, public transit, food supply workers)

Non-frontline essential health care personnel (public health, emergency management, cyber security)

Congregate Living Facility staff and residents 

The DHS reported last week (Jan. 25-31) 1,459 vaccines were administered in Polk County. Over 1,335 were Moderna shots and the rest were Pfizer. 

There are two free drive-thru COVID-19 testing dates in February held by the Health Department. The times and dates are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 10 and Feb. 24 at the Polk County Highway Building 2 in Balsam Lake. Patients are asked to register online the day of the event, covidconnect.wi.gov.   

There have been nearly 3,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within Polk County with 42 deaths. The Polk County Health Department reported 135 people were in isolation as of last week.  

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