Page holds third COVID vaccination clinic

From left: Canyonlands Healthcare medical assistants Samantha Caldwell, Amanda Clark, Chanelle Fowler, Deseree Begay and Lulonda Herder at the COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Page High School on Sept. 11.

Page held its third COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Sept. 11, with 89 people dropping by the high school’s west parking lot to get the jab. 

The number was down from the previous clinic on Aug. 7, when 233 people received vaccinations, as well as from the first clinic on July 10, which saw 108 vaccines administered.  

The drop in numbers was expected, said Jordy King, program manager for Coconino County’s mobile vaccination team.

“It was less than last time, but still a pretty good turnout. Page already has some pretty high numbers, so that’s kind of the number we expected,” he said.

According to the COVID-19 Coconino County Weekly Update for Sept. 10, 364 positive cases were reported across the country from Aug. 29 to Sept. 4, compared to 86 cases during the same period in 2020. Coconino County is currently at a high (red) level of transmission

Flagstaff recorded a 47% jump in new cases, the biggest increase in the county. 

Page has seen 1,317 cases since the start of the pandemic, with six cases reported from Aug. 29 to Sept. 4. Eleven cases were reported the previous week.

Before last weekend’s vaccination clinic, 5,235 Page residents had been fully vaccinated, an inoculation rate of 76.8%. This is compared to 66.6% in Tribal Communities, 52.4% in Flagstaff, 44.4% in Williams and 56.6% statewide.

At the City Council meeting on Sept. 8, Mayor Bill Diak said Page’s vaccination numbers were looking “very, very good.” 

“We are leading the county in that as well as the state in our vaccination rate,” he said.

“We’ve been climbing, the variant has been taking hold in Coconino County as well as the other areas of the state. We still are extremely flat along our cases. [Page] has been flat for almost 10 weeks and that’s been very good. … So we’re still doing very, very good. I’m proud of the precautions that the citizens are taking, and I appreciate the support that we’ve been giving our businesses by doing that.”

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