(WAND)- The Macon County Health Department has entered Phase 1B of the vaccination rollout.

Appointments can now be scheduled to receive the vaccine by calling 217-423-6988 ext. 1312.

WAND News reached out to the health department about the number of appointments still available Wednesday afternoon. At 4:30 p.m., officials said they don't know how many appointments are still available, but will continue to administer vaccines. 

The phone lines are open during business hours. 

As appointment calls continued to flood in Wednesday evening, the health department sent the following statement after 5 p.m.: 

"The MCHD thanks you for your patience as we begin transitioning to Phase 1B of the COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Plan. Macon County is officially moving to Phase 1B next week. However, in an effort to be as responsible as possible with the vaccines we have received and in order to fill some remaining vaccination appointment slots, we plan to accept eligible individuals in Phases 1A or 1B until those openings are filled.

"We received an overwhelming response to our post regarding the scheduling of appointments. We want to be very clear that vaccine administration will be taking place over the course of several months as we work incredibly hard to vaccinate every eligible person who wishes to receive it. We will continue to work with community partners to hold clinics and vaccinate eligible individuals as quickly as we can. Thank you."

Eligible candidates to receive the vaccine at this time include those who work in education, food/agriculture, manufacturing, corrections, public transit, shelters, postal services, grocery stores, and anyone 65 and older.

Proof or a copy of your insurance card, work ID badge, or current paystub, along with a signed consent form, must be made available to receive the vaccine.

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