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Public Health thriving during immunization clinic’s new hours

Aug 22, 2018

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


Public Health’s new immunization hours are popular, with 85 shots given and 29 kids seen on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

The immunization clinic is open every Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Additionally, the clinic is open until 6 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month.

“We didn’t know how that would go, but it’s huge,” Public Health Director Shelley Van Dorin said during a Board of Health meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 21. “Our clinic is thriving. We were worried when we moved.”

Public Health also gave out 89 shots during an all-day immunization clinic on Aug. 2 that corresponded with the Mt. Pleasant Community School District student registration.

In fact, Public Health has had a busy summer with the move of offices from the campus of the Henry County Health Center to downtown and involvement in various activities in Mt. Pleasant.

Public Health served crackers with peanut butter and bananas during the Henry County Fair Kid’s Day at the end of July and handed out new address cards and poison control informational magnets.

During Access Energy’s annual meeting, Public Health presented educational information including information on suicide hotlines, community resources and what Public Health offers. Similar presentations were done at Mt. Pleasant Utilities to 28 employees and Christamore Family Treatment Center.

As Public Health settles into their new digs with the county, they are working through some communication problems, specifically with IT.

Van Dorin said they are still awaiting a TV in the Public Health building to be set up with the correct software, emails to be transferred over from HCHC to their computers, get the phones set up for conference calls and troubleshoot network problems in the office.

County Auditor Shelly Barber, who was not present at the Board of Health meeting, said the county’s IT is working on all of the complaints received to the county IT Department’s email address and have taken care of everything that has come through in the last three weeks.

Barber said working with local government is a learning curve for Public Health, who is used to working with HCHC.

Derek Wellington is the county’s IT director.

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