While the metrics have improved to the point Jersey County and the rest of Region Three have moved into Phase 4 of the state’s mitigation plan, health experts there say they still need to remain vigilant. The hope is to stay on top of the pandemic with the use of continued health safety practices until the availability of the vaccine is widespread.

Jersey County Health Department Public Health Administrator Doug King tells The Big Z now is not the time to get complacent.

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He says there is a large demand for the vaccine, but right now due to the overwhelming demand, registration to get the vaccine is not open. When doses become available, there will be a registration link on their website and Facebook page.

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