The Effingham County Health Committee met in to discuss the progress of the Health Department’s immunization program. According to Health Department Administrator Jeff Workman, the program is going well and people are getting vaccinated. The Health Department will be taking steps to purchase a new medical grade freezer to store certain types of vaccines.
The committee was also apprised on the Health Department’s inventory. However, due to the department being occupied with back to school vaccinations inventory is not yet complete.
Workman also updated the committee on the status of Effingham County’s Emergency Preparedness. The Department is currently evaluating cost, but will is making plans to move forward with more training. But according to Workman, making long term plans is difficult as certain employees will be up for retirement within the next five years.
In new business, the committee discussed the Health Department’s application for a Telligen Grant. If awarded the grant, funds would be used to conduct a CASPER survey that would provide data on the county’s population allowing for community health improvement.
The Clay County Community Health Foundation, who also serves Effingham County, approved accepting a donation that will be used to replace flooring at the Effingham Health Department. The donation of around $4000 came from an anonymous donor.
The committee also discussed officially continuing the agreement between the Clay and Effingham County Health Departments.