While Warren County residents received another 1,099 doses of the vaccine against COVID-19 since Friday, Warren County Health Services is returning about half of its weekly allotment of vaccines, said Jodene DeVault, director.

“There are some people who are strongly against the vaccine, and some who are probably on the line,” she said. “I’m not exactly sure how to reach them.”

DeVault said her office will be looking at reasons for vaccine hesitancy and will post information on social media to address those concerns, but she’s not sure how many people can be swayed.

“I feel like most people have made up their minds, whether they are using science or not,” she said. “We will never reach herd immunity.”

Appointments are still available for a 100-dose vaccine clinic on Wednesday, she said. The clinic could give even more doses, she added, but as of Monday morning, only four people had signed up. More had signed up by afternoon, she said.

The Iowa Department of Public Health reports that 15,307 Warren County residents have received both doses of the two-dose vaccines while another 748 have received the single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine, a jump of 29 over the weekend.

A total of 28,302 doses of the various vaccines have been given in Warren County, the site reports.

The county added 15 new cases of COVID over the weekend, with 50125/Indianola reporting five new cases and 50061/Cumming reporting three, according to the Warren County Public Health Services’ map of zip code specific COVID cases.

The 50211/Norwalk and 50047/Carlisle zip codes added two cases each while 50166/Milo, 50229/Prole and 50252/Swan added one case each.

The county has now had a total of 6,188 cases of the virus, according to the IDPH web site, and sits at a positivity rate of 5.3 percent.

The death toll in Warren County climbed by one, to 88, with the virus an underlying factor in 78 deaths and a contributing factor in 10.  

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