Health department begins offering Moderna booster shots

Updated: Nov 9, 2021

MOUND CITY – The Linn County Health Department received approval from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to begin giving Moderna booster vaccinations against COVID-19 to people 18 and older on Thursday.

There is no charge for the vaccination. Workers at the health center have been calling people on the waiting list to set up appointments. The department held vaccination clinics at the Mound City fairgrounds in March and April to vaccinate many residents with the Moderna vaccine.

However, because the Moderna vaccine has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for children 17 and under, parents wanting to get their children vaccinated must use a health clinic or pharmacy for the Pfizer shot.

Health workers from the clinics have been working in schools the past few days to give flu vaccinations to staff members and children with parental permission.

The commissioners on Monday voted to hire Melissa Lancaster as the health department administrator and public health officer at a salary of $58,705 a year in an exempt position. Lamb said that Lancaster would be in to finalize her paperwork and drug tests on Tuesday.

Lancaster was interviewed and offered the job during an executive session during a recent meeting. The vote on Monday made it official.

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