We came home March 5 after having our first COVID-19 immunization held at Jackson County Fairgrounds with the same enthusiastic, amazed response at how very well organized this large immunization clinic was in handling the 1,173 senior citizens. We also were highly impressed of the many skilled, experienced people who donated their time and abilities to help their community members receive their COVID immunization.

Many thanks go out to Osterhaus Pharmacy staff and Jackson County Department of Health in skillfully organizing this large COVID immunization. Also, many thanks go to Medical Associates nurses and staff members, and other local nurses who administered the immunizations. Thanks to local dentists and University of Iowa pharmacy students for drawing up the immunizations. Thanks to our great local EMTs who monitored people post immunization. Jackson County Emergency Management, EMTs, firemen, and other volunteers did an excellent job directing the smooth flow of traffic, parking and helping the handicapped. 

Maquoketa Public Library personnel and our local SHIIP office provided help with answering questions and registering people without computer access. The staff of Jackson County Fairgrounds donated their time for setup and cleanup after the clinic. KMAQ Radio and the Sentinel-Press provided their media exposure ability. Food to keep volunteers energized was donated by Sweet Things Bakery and McDonald’s.

A big thank you also to Maquoketa Family Clinic for organizing previous immunizations for seniors and Walmart Pharmacy for administering immunizations in some stores. 

Preston’s St. Joseph’s Catholic Church March 24 is the site of another COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Jackson County. 

Personally, I (Jackie Bisinger) had become rather anti-vaccination oriented. However, I’ve realized to get “herd immunity” in our local community and return to a more normal lifestyle, I also needed to get immunized — second dose and then done March 25!

Jackie Bisinger and

Dr. Sharon Fairchild