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Hundreds have received the new COVID vaccine in Jackson Co.

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The latest COVID vaccine has proven to be popular at the Jackson County Health Department.

Administrator Bart Hagston says his staff has administered 600 vaccinations since it became available about three weeks ago.

He says since the health department has to pay for the vaccine this time around, the supply fluctuates from day to day because they're trying not to purchase too much at one time.

"We don't want to order too much vaccine and have it go to waste. We want to make sure it's being used. So, we'll order it in groups of 200-300 doses. So, sometimes we may run out in between those shipments arriving."

Hagston says right now the Jackson County Health Department has only received shipments from Pfizer. He says their supply of Moderna vaccine has been delayed for an unknown reason.

Hagston advises people to call before coming in to receive their shot to make sure there is enough supply on hand. He says people who make appointments online should also call ahead.

Hagston says their vaccine is also available for children and those uninsured or under-insured.

The Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department is still waiting on its supply of the latest COVID-19 vaccine.

The department's Debbie Johnson says they're using a vaccine management program called VaxCare, which might be contributing to the delay.

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