Highland County Emergency Management Agency Director David Bushelman issued the following statement Wednesday, Jan. 13, as he also spoke with Highland County commissioners at their Jan. 13 meeting:

“The Highland County Health Department and Highland County Emergency Management Agency have partnered to lead the vaccination process in Highland County. We have trained for years in preparation for this kind of vaccination event.

“Our goals for Phase 1B vaccinations are to save lives of the most vulnerable citizens and to get kids back in school.

“Our local health department is dedicated to keeping our community healthy using prevention, resources and education. In addition, we have decades of expertise when it comes to preparation and managing mass vaccination clinics. Our experience with vaccinating for the seasonal flu and the H1N1 pandemic, as well as ongoing training, has prepared us for this work.

“The Highland Emergency Management Agency continues to serve the community as an information and resource support agency. We are committed to engaging with our local health department to ensure that they have the support they need to be successful.

“Later this week the Health Department will be releasing registration information for Highland County COVID-19 vaccinations. They will be using a regional scheduling system to coordinate clinics, so there is no need to call the health department.

“Together, we are well-equipped to lead this effort in our community.”