In their monthly meeting on Wednesday, the Effingham County Health Board discussed the need for more emergency preparedness with Effingham/Clay Health Department Administrator Jeff Workman. According to him, Effingham County is not where it needs to be in disaster readiness.
As a result, the Health Department is seeking volunteers to join the county medical reserve corps. According to Workman, those with or without medical expertise can volunteer.
The board also discussed the Health Department’s current budget situation. Workman said that Health Department funds are stable, but there is still uncertainty on the state level.
The Health Department expects to receive state and federal funding in the near future.
With School on the way, the county’s immunization program is in full swing. The Health Department is taking appointments for immunizations and is planning walk in clinics. They are also looking into accepting new forms of payment and working with insurance companies to help residents get vaccinated. “We will hopefully be a very economical and convenient alternative in the future for immunizations” Workman said.
To learn more about vaccinations or to volunteer for the Effingham County Medical Reserve Corps call the Health Department at 217-342-9237.