Interest in receiving any of the COVID-19 vaccines is waning statewide and particularly in Sheridan and Johnson Counties.

The percentage of vaccinated residents in both counties is remaining at or below 30%.

The lack of interest appears to be part of the reason for Sheridan Memorial Hospital’s decision to discontinue its vaccination clinic at the end of this month.

According to Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Addlesperger, the hospital has administered more than 10,000 vaccinations but the demand is in rapid decline and keeping the clinic staffed no longer makes sense.

The Sheridan Public Health Department along with three local pharmacies Walgreen’s, Walmart, and Osco, will continue to offer the vaccines.

Sheridan County still ranks 4th in the state in percentage of residents vaccinated at 32.7%.  Johnson County’s rate is just shy of 30% and the state average is 29.47%.

The number of cases in Sheridan and Johnson Counties remains low with 19 in Sheridan and 5 in Johnson as of yesterday afternoon.

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