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Washington police to get virus vaccines at station

WASHINGTON — Washington County Public Health and the Washington Police Department are preparing for the next phrase of vaccinations.

An agreement for the police department to be a point of distribution was approved during the city council meeting on Jan. 5.

The agreement allows Public Health to vaccinate the police officers in a closed pod at the police department, according to Public Health Director Danielle Pettit-Majewski.

She said public health signs agreements for each closed pod or mass vaccination clinic at various locations. For example, Pettit-Majewski said if they wanted to hold a clinic at the YMCA, they would both sign an agreement.

Public health receives the Moderna vaccine. Each vial has approximately 10 doses and has to be used within six hours. Pettit-Majewski said public health will coordinate with the police chief to allow other front-line workers to be vaccinated at the same time. This could include sheriff’s deputies, fire department members and ambulance paramedics.

Pettit-Majewski said the county still is on the first phrase but hopes to start phase 1B in February. The second phase covers front-line workers, school staff and those over 75.