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Scott County Buys Software to Track Vaccines


Scott County is going to buy new computer software just to manage the COVID vaccine. 
Scott County Health Department Deputy Director Amy Thoreson says the software will help the county by allowing residents online to schedule appointments, get appointment reminders, and complete consent forms. It will also remind the health department which vaccine each person is getting.
"Both of the vaccines that are out right now, Pfizer and Moderna, require a second dose of vaccine, so when individuals come through the clinic we'll be able to know for sure which vaccine they've received the first time because we want to stay with that same vaccine the second time."


The software will cost 126,000 dollars, plus 25,000 dollars a year for maintenance and support. Thoreson says Scott County looked at similar software from other companies, but it was much more expensive. 
"We're trying to find something that's just the right size and will meet the needs and be easy for the users - from the community as well as the users that will be administering vaccine and supporting individuals at the clinic."
During the last pandemic, H1N1 ten years ago, all this work had to be done with paper forms, and employees answering the phone and scheduling appoinments. 
Thoreson says the new software will also allow the county to link with the state so both can track the vaccines and keep an accurate count of how much is available.