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Additional appointment slots for Dawson County vaccination event to be released on Monday morning
This May 4, 2020, file photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, shows the first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. On Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, Pfizer said an early peek at its vaccine data suggests the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19. (Courtesy of University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP, File)

Dawson County officials announced on Sunday night that more registration slots for a COVID-19 vaccination event being held at Rock Creek Park in Dawson County would be released at about 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 18. 

According to a Facebook post made by the Dawson County Government, a link to the Department of Public Health event registration page will be posted to the county's Facebook page on Monday morning and sent out via email to subscribers of the Dawson County Government email newsletter

Residents wishing to make an appointment will need to select an option on the event signup page labeled "NEW", the post said. 

Officials say that it took just 15 minutes for county residents to fill registration slots for a COVID-19 vaccination event being held at Rock Creek Park in Dawson County next week. 

A registration link for the event, which is being hosted by the Dawson County Government, the District 2 Department of Public Health, the Good Shepherd Clinic and Dr. Larry Anderson of Anderson Family Medicine, went live at about 5:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon and shortly after the link showed no available slots for the event. 

During the event, Dawson County residents in the Phase1A+ health group — Health care workers, long-term care facility workers and residents, adults 65 and older and their caregivers, law enforcement, fire personnel, dispatchers and 911 operators — will receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Patients will then automatically be scheduled for the same time 28 days later for the 2nd shot,” county officials said in a previous release.

According to Dr. Larry Anderson of Anderson Family Medicine, who will be helping to facilitate the event, approximately 800 doses of the vaccine will be given at the event. With the second round of vaccine doses to follow at an event in February.  

Speaking to the Dawson County News on Friday,  Anderson told residents who weren't able to register for the event to stay strong and keep hope, because similar events could be coming in the following months if the county receives enough vaccines and if the response from Thursday's event is good. 

"Don't despair, be patient, keep trying," Anderson said. "Every week more and more vaccines are coming into the county." 

For up to date information on where to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Dawson County, visit the vaccine tracking page that the DCN will be updating weekly.