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The Florence County Health Department will be hosting a Pfizer COVID Vaccine Clinic for Ages 12 & Up on August 9, 2022.

Please use the link below to self-schedule an appointment:

If you are interested in receiving a COVID-19 Vaccine, please contact any of the three pharmacies in Iron Mountain (The Drug Store, Wal-Mart or Walgreens) to schedule an appoint at one of their daily clinics.

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Walmart Pharmacy, 14215 US-64 W, Siler City, NC 27344, USA
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Wisconsin’s Youngest Children Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccinations 

On June 21, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that children age 6 months and older are now eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The announcement follows the authorization and recommendation by both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for use of the Pfizer vaccine for children 6 months through 4 years of age and the Moderna vaccine for children 6 months through 5 years of age.  

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 6 months through 4 years of age requires three total doses. The first two doses of the vaccine are given three weeks apart, followed by a third dose at least two months later. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 6 months through 5 years of age requires two doses, 28 days apart. 

Booster Doses for 50 and Over Recommended

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) supports the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approvals that adults ages 50 and older may receive a second COVID-19 booster dose. Adults ages 50 and older who received an initial COVID-19 booster dose at least four months ago may now receive a second booster dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

The option of a second COVID-19 booster dose provides an excellent opportunity for many residents in long-term care settings such as residential care, assisted living, nursing homes, and continuing care retirement communities to receive additional protection from COVID-19.

It is important for adults in long-term care settings to receive this second booster considering many live closely together and have underlying medical conditions that make them more likely to be infected by the virus that causes COVID-19 and to become seriously ill from COVID-19. Staff working in facilities should receive an initial booster if they have not already.

Quarantine and Isolation Calculator takes the stress out of deciding when, and for how long, people with COVID-19 and close contacts need to stay home, get tested, and wear a well-fitting mask.

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Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order a 3rd round of free at-home tests. Order yours today!

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Florence County Responders-

To all responders, the Florence County Health Department staff would like to extend an enormous THANK YOU to our county responders for all they have done and continue to do to keep our families and friends safe! Your diligent work does not go unnoticed. This is also a great time to remind everyone to take care of themselves and loved ones and offer help to those who may be struggling.

Florence County offers many resources for substance use and mental health. For more information on mental health resources in Florence County, call Florence County Human Services Department at 715-528-3296 or click for a list of Florence County Resources.

To bring awareness to the high rates of mental health issues and to educate first responders on self care, visit the Code Green website.