Vaccine Generic

(WAND) - Central Illinois counties are outlining their plans to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to the public. Here are the counties that have sent out detailed plans. 

Illinois State Fairgrounds mass vaccination site available for those living in Illinois. Click here to see appointments and click "Illinois State Fairgrounds Vaccine Site."

WAND News has also gathered vaccination information from pharmacies including: 

MACON COUNTY

The Macon County Health Department is holding a 2nd dose clinic on March 2 at Richland Community College.

The clinic will be held at the National Sequestration Education Center (3357 N. President Howard Brown Blvd.) near the wind turbines.

There are plenty of available appointments for all residents due for a second dose from the MCHD at this time. 

This clinic is intended only for people who live or work in Macon County and who received their 1st Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from the MCHD on or before February 5.

If you have not already spoken with a MCHD representative regarding getting your 2nd dose vaccination, click HERE to register online.

Those who plan to attend should:

  • Not register for any clinic or attend an appointment if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, are awaiting COVID-19 test results, or are in isolation and/or quarantine;

  • Be prepared to wait 15-30 minutes for monitoring after receipt of vaccine;

  • Bring a work ID badge or current paystub to verify frontline essential worker status or a form of

    ID to verify age to prove eligibility (Those who cannot provide proof of residency or

    employment in Macon County will be turned away.);

  • Bring a copy of your insurance card. If you have Medicare, be sure to bring your red, white,

    and blue Medicare card, even if you’re enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan. If you are

    unable to make a copy, please bring the original;

  • Bring your white COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (received during first dose);

  • Wear a short sleeve shirt and face covering;

  • Complete vaccine forms, print, and bring them to the clinic to save time. The vaccine forms can be found by visiting maconcountyhealth.org. If you are unable to complete and print the forms, they will also be available onsite;

  • Be prepared to complete the MCHD screening process upon arrival. This process includes answering questions as well as a temperature check.

SANGAMON COUNTY 

Beginning Jan. 26, the county is allowing people 85 and older to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations either online or by calling the Sangamon County Department of Public Health COVID-19 hotline. That number can be found below.

Health officials noted warmer weather in the spring might allow for for a faster rate of vaccinations. 

Those eligible to receive the vaccine in Sangamon County, which is currently in Phase 1B of Illinois eligibility levels, can schedule an appointment through the health department website or by calling its COVID-19 hotline at (217) 321-2606 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on regular business days. 

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The following was sent from the Sangamon County Department of Public Health on Feb. 2, 2021: 

"To date, Sangamon County has provided 6,476 first dose vaccines to residents.

"To date, Sangamon County has provided 0 second dose vaccines to residents.

"Sangamon County has distributed 13,425 doses of vaccine to our medical partners (Memorial Medical System, HSHS St John’s, SIU School of Medicine and the Springfield Clinic).

"A total of 26,290 County residents have been vaccinated, with the remainder coming from the federal long term care vaccination program and locations such as Hy-Vee and Walgreens.

"Sangamon County has approximately 7,000 doses available, enough for approximately 20 days.

"Sangamon County has 13,772 vaccine appointments in the next six weeks.​

"Up until just recently, the vaccine distribution to Sangamon County has been unpredictable, both in how much vaccine the county receives and when the vaccine arrives. However, the vaccine roll out has grown more reliable in the last few days.

"Sangamon County has received an average of 2,300 doses each of the last two weeks, and expects a similar amount this week.

"To date, Sangamon County has received one shipment of vaccine (1,600 doses) dedicated for 2nd dose shots, which arrived today. It is still unclear if this will be a regular shipment, with roughly the same amount at the same time. As a result, and until the second dose supply becomes more reliable, the county will continue to reserve a portion of its current supply for second doses.

"Sangamon County initially established a criteria of age 85 and older for the limited supply that was available at the time. To date, not all of the individuals that have reservations with the SCDPH meet the age 85 and older criteria. However, all reservations do meet the criteria for the 1b category. Due to the growing availability of the vaccine, SCDPH will honor those reservations not meeting the age 85 and older criteria as long as they meet the 1b requirements. We believe our initial program correctly targeted the most vulnerable population, but now, as the vaccine distribution expands it is appropriate to maintain the flow of vaccinations with minimal disruptions.

"Similar to the County, our medical partners have been performing their own beta test on a vaccination program and feel comfortable with expanding the process beyond the initial test period.

"As such, Sangamon County will soon be providing vaccine to our medical partners, starting the first phase with Memorial Health System and HSHS St. John’s, in order to supply new ongoing locations for residents to receive the vaccine. Additional details will be released soon, including locations, start dates, hours, etc. A reservation system will be used to make appointments and those seeking the vaccine must meet the 1b criteria.

"Springfield Clinic and SIU School of Medicine are vital partners in our efforts to combat COVID. Both medical partners are ready, willing and able to stand up clinics to serve the community as soon as adequate supplies of vaccine become available. We intend to provide vaccine for these critical medical partners as soon as supplies are adequate.

"Sangamon County and our medical partners will also be working with other entities designated by the state to provide additional opportunities to receive the vaccine. Details are still being worked out and should be released sometime soon.

"We continue to look for opportunities to reach targeted population groups as the vaccine supply allows.

"We want to make clear that while SCDPH and our medical partners are prepared to administer additional vaccine when it becomes available, we mean no criticism of the state’s distribution efforts. We have tried to counsel the community that we believe that the vaccine roll out will first be slow and targeted and then fast and comprehensive.

"It is important for the public to realize that in an effort to vaccinate such a large population the most effective means is through dispersed vaccination locations to maximize opportunities and minimize congestion. To the public, these multiple locations and processes may, at first, seem chaotic, but this is inevitable during the early stages of standing up such a massive distribution system. We applaud all efforts by all parties to deliver vaccine to our community."

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), in partnership with Carle Health, OSF HealthCare, Christie Clinic, Promise Healthcare, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will be hosting community-based COVID-19 vaccination clinics for anyone who lives or works in Champaign County that fall within Phases 1A and 1B and for residents 16 years of age or older with underlying health conditions or disabilities who have not yet received their first dose of the vaccine.  

Newly eligible include:

Champaign County residents 16-39 years of age or older with underlying health conditions, as defined by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), or disabilities are now eligible. Underlying health conditions are: 

  • Cancer
  • Chronic Kidney Disease 
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Condition
  • Immunocompromised State from a Solid Organ Transplant
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Sickle Cell Disease

Still eligible are:

Phase 1A:

  • Healthcare Personnel: Hospital and Non-Hospital Settings

Phase 1B:

  • Residents age 65 and older with or without underlying health conditions
  • Residents age 40-64 with underlying health conditions
  • First Responders
  • Corrections Officers
  • Education (in-person status not required)
  • State of Illinois approved Early Childhood and Licensed Daycares.
  • K-12 (public, private, and parochial) Schools.
  • Essential frontline workers who work or live in Champaign County:
  • Grocery Store Workers: Baggers, Cashiers, Stockers, Pick-Up, Customer Service.
  • Food and Agriculture Workers: Processing, Plants, Veterinary Health, Livestock Services, Animal Care. 
  • Shelter/Adult Day Care Workers.
  • Postal Service Workers (includes UPS, Amazon, etc.)
  • Manufacturing Workers: Industrial production of goods for distribution to retail, wholesale or other manufacturers. 
  • Public Transit Workers: Flight Crew, Bus Drivers, Train Conductors, Taxi Drivers, Para-Transit Drivers, In-Person Support, Ride Sharing Services.

Vaccination clinics for the week of March 1, 2021 will be available by appointment only at the following locations: 

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, located at 201 W. Kenyon Road, Champaign. This site will only be accepting those fitting the above criteria who are 18+ years of age.

To register: 

Christie Clinic, located at Christie Clinic at the Fields 3101 Fields South Dr., Champaign. This site will only be accepting those fitting the above criteria who are 18+ years of age.

To register:  

Additional notes: In most cases, you will receive your second dose where you received your first. Follow instructions on scheduling your second dose from the site.

Appointments are available on a first come, first served basis. There will not be a waitlist; however, additional appointments will be available next week based on vaccine availability.

You cannot receive the COVID vaccine if you have received any other vaccinations within 14 days prior to your appointment. You may be asked to show an ID for verification of employment. 

Patients will need to wear a face covering, practice social distancing, and plan to allow at least 15 minutes for observation after the vaccination. Please limit the number of individuals in your party that are not receiving the vaccine and wear clothing to allow easy access to the upper portion of the arm for the injection.

There is no cost to individuals to get a COVID vaccine. You may be asked to bring your insurance card if you have one, but you will not be turned away if you do not have insurance.   

MORGAN COUNTY

UPDATE: On Feb. 17, the Morgan County Health Department gave an update saying Phase 1A eligible frontline healthcare workers, Phase 1B eligible employment sectors and Morgan County residents at age 65 and older can be vaccinated. Click here for more information.

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The Morgan County Vaccine Planning Team will start taking registration for residents within Morgan County who are 75 years and older for the COVID vaccination. Those who are in group 1a healthcare providers are allowed to register at this time as well.

In order to register, you must call 217-479-1817 weekdays between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm starting Jan. 19. Pre-registration is required to obtain the vaccine. NO ONSITE REGISTRATION will be allowed. The health department said messages should not be left when calling that number. 

Residents are asked to be patient with the registration process as it takes some time to move through the population. We will offer registration for the 65 and older community by age groups within the community as more vaccine becomes available.

If you are not included in the current group, please pay attention to the local media and Jacksonville/Morgan County EMA social media pages.

IROQUOIS COUNTY

UPDATE: As of 9:25 a.m. all additional appointment times for today’s, February 10th, 2020, COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Iroquois Memorial Hospital have been filled.

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Normally ICPHD would announce appointment availability at 11 AM on a day prior to an upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinic. Going forward, ICPHD will continue to announce availability 11 AM.

Supply of this vaccine is limited and appointments are expected to be filled quickly. ICPHD is expecting to receive weekly or bi-weekly allocations of the COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Illinois. If you are unable to schedule an appointment for this community-based clinic, please watch for future notification of upcoming clinics as more vaccine becomes available.

As more vaccine is allocated ICPHD will communicate availability, along with when, where, and how to receive the vaccine, via traditional and social media outlets as well as on the ICPHD website: http://www.co.iroquois.il.us/health-department/covid-19-corona-virus/

These clinics will serve Iroquois County residents in phase 1B of the Illinois Mass Vaccination Plan, including anyone 65 years of age or older. At this time, there is no cost for the COVID-19 vaccine. Written documentation from the individual’s primary care physician will not be required. Please reference the chart at the bottom of the linked webpage for eligible populations in each phase of the Illinois Mass Vaccination Plan: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccination-plan.

Please note that this vaccine is available by appointment only to practice safe social distancing. Individuals who arrive without a previously scheduled appointment will not be eligible to receive the vaccine at that time. Appointments are reserved for qualifying individuals who reside within Iroquois County.

To register and schedule your appointment, please call ICPHD at (815) 432-2483. When calling to make an appointment, please note that a no more than 4 eligible individuals may be scheduled per phone call. Please refrain from contacting your healthcare provider or ICPHD to be placed on a wait list, as we are not keeping a registry of people who want the vaccine.

The vaccination clinic will be held at Iroquois Memorial Hospital. Clients will be asked to enter through the main entrance located on the north side of the building and are required to bring a valid form of photo ID. Individuals who are wheelchair bound or in need of additional assistance may enter through the Emergency Room entrance on the south side of the building. If you do not feel well the day of your appointment or are in isolation or quarantine, please call ICPHD to reschedule.

Patients will need to wear a face covering, practice social distancing, and plan to allow at least 15 minutes for observation after the vaccination. Please wear clothing to allow easy access to the upper portion of the arm for the injection.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has compiled a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccination. Information can be found at: http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccine-faq. For individual concerns regarding allergies or other medical conditions please consult your own medial provider.

FORD COUNTY

This week, Ford County will receive and administer 1,100 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses. 

The doses will be administered at Gibson Area Hospital by appointment only. 

Ford County is in Phase 1B, meaning those in critical workforces and 65 and older are eligible. 

If a resident called to place their name on the list, they do not need to go online and register.

FCPHD prefers residents to register for the vaccine online through the health department’s website.

Under the COVID-19 tab, Ford county residents can submit their information for the waiting list. Residents will receive a call from the health department when a vaccine is available.

In addition to local health departments, chain pharmacies are also able to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.

By visiting the IDPH website, residents can find vaccine locations by typing in their zip code and find pharmacies within 60 miles. These vaccinations are by appointment only and documentation is required to show you are eligible for the vaccine as part of a priority group.

To receive a vaccine from the Ford County Health Department, you must reside or be employed in Ford county, whereas there are no restrictions regarding residency to receive a vaccine from a pharmacy. New sites and pharmacies are being added daily; therefore, it is important to check back regularly for available appointments.

CHRISTIAN COUNTY
 
The Christian County Public Health 1st Dose COVID vaccine clinic for 65+ only is set for March 2. It will be held at the fairgrounds in Taylorville starting at 9:00 am. There are only 200 doses available, so this clinic will go very quickly. This will be a first-come, first-serve clinic. Please do not line up any earlier than 7:00 a.m. Overnight parking or overnight stays are strongly discouraged and may cause your vehicle to be towed/removed.

Special Instructions:

•Please bring a completed VACCINE ADMINISTRATION RECORD AUTHORIZATION form to the clinic with you. You can find the forms at any Casey's in Christian County, Ayerco in Edinburg, or on-line at https://christiancountyil.com/.../COVID-19-VACCINATION...

•Also, bring your insurance card if you have one. If you have Medicare, that is the only insurance info needed.

COLES COUNTY
The Coles County Health Department and Sarah Bush Lincoln have COVID-19 vaccines available for RESIDENTS of Coles County age 65 years and older.
 
To schedule an appointment, call 217-258-7489. Phones will be staffed 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.

The county can expect to receive vaccinations regularly, and new shipments will be announced using Code Red. 

Sarah Bush vaccine information: https://www.sarahbush.org/vaccines/
 
On Feb. 5, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Services announced they would be temporarily shutting down the vaccination reservation number. All vaccines had been scheduled as of that date. 
 
"Sarah Bush and the CCHD will alert the public when the next opportunity to schedule a vaccine is available," a Facebook post said. 

LOGAN COUNTY

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital will host COVID-19 vaccination clinics on Thursday, March 4, and Thursday, March 11.  Pre-registration is required.

Vaccinations will be offered to those in two vaccination priority groups: Phase 1A and Phase 1B. Participants must live or work in Logan County.

·Phase 1A includes frontline healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents and staff

·Phase 1B includes frontline essential workers and Logan County residents age 65 and over. Frontline essential workers include, but are not limited to, the following occupations: first responders, education, food and agriculture, manufacturing, corrections workers, USPS workers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and shelter and day care staff.

An appointment is required to participate in the vaccination clinic. Registration opens at noon on Thursday, Feb. 25. To make an appointment, visit ALMH.org, and click on the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic banner.

For those without internet access, please call 217-605-6500. The call will go to voicemail and someone will call back when an appointment is available to schedule.

Reminders for participating in the vaccination clinic:

  • Anyone who receives a first dose vaccine must be available 21 to 28 days later to receive a second dose vaccine.
  • Bring driver’s license or another form of identification.
  • Wear appropriate clothing that gives easy access to the upper arm.
  • Arrive no more than 5 minutes before scheduled appointment time, and enter through the designated “COVID-19 Vaccination Entrance” doors at the front of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
  • You must remain at the clinic for 15 to 30 minutes after the vaccination for monitoring.
  • Support persons may be asked to wait in their vehicle. If needed, assistance will be provided by vaccination clinic employees.
  • Participants will receive a COVID-19 vaccination card. Participants must keep this card to bring with them to their second vaccination.
  • Anyone arriving more than 30 minutes after their scheduled appointment might not be able to receive vaccine on this date.

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Several distribution clinics have been held for those eligible to receive the vaccine under Phase 1a. 

Teachers will be the next to be able to receive the vaccine in Logan County. 

The county is planning to have "by appointment only" COVID-19 vaccine clinics for people who work or live in Logan County and can show proof of Phase 1A or 1B eligibility. A first weekend clinic is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, and another will be on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here to check eligibility. 

Logan County defines frontline essential workers as including, but not limited to: first responders, education, food and agriculture, manufacturing, corrections workers, USPS workers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and shelter and day care staff.

To make a required appointment, visit this link and go to the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic banner near the top of the page. 

Officials are opening registration at noon on, Wednesday, Feb. 3. If online registration isn't possible, patients can call (217)605-6500. The call will go to a voicemail and a clinic employee will return the call to schedule an appointment. 

People who receive a first dose vaccine needs to be available 21 to 28 days later for a second dose. 

Participants are reminded to do the following: 

  • Bring driver’s license or another form of identification.
  • Wear appropriate clothing that gives easy access to the upper arm.
  • Arrive no more than 5 minutes before scheduled appointment time, and enter through the designated “COVID-19 Vaccination Entrance” doors at the front of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
  • You must remain at the clinic for 15 to 30 minutes after the vaccination for monitoring.
  • Support persons may be asked to wait in their vehicle. If needed, assistance will be provided by vaccination clinic employees.
  • Participants will receive a COVID-19 vaccination card. Participants must keep this card to bring with them to their second vaccination.
  • Anyone arriving more than 30 minutes after their scheduled appointment might not be able to receive vaccine on this date.

ALMH officials will keep partnering with the Logan County Department of Public Health for future clinics. Officials said those clinics will be announced by local media and shared on social media channels for Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital and the Logan County Department of Public Health. 

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Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic beginning at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10. Pre-registration is required.

Vaccinations will be offered to those in two vaccination priority groups: Phase 1A and Phase 1B. Participants must live or work in Logan County.

Phase 1A includes frontline healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents and staff

Phase 1B includes frontline essential workers and Logan County residents age 65 and over. Frontline essential workers include, but are not limited to, the following occupations: first responders, education, food and agriculture, manufacturing, corrections workers, USPS workers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and shelter and day care staff.

An appointment is required to participate in the vaccination clinic. To make an appointment, visit ALMH.org and click on the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic banner near the top of the page. Registration opens at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

The ALMH vaccination team is working to return calls to everyone who left a message for the Feb. 3 vaccination clinic. Those individuals will be scheduled for a subsequent COVID-19 vaccination at ALMH.

Reminders for participating in the vaccination clinic:

  • Anyone who receives a first dose vaccine must be available 21 to 28 days later to receive a second dose vaccine.
  • Bring driver’s license or another form of identification.
  • Wear appropriate clothing that gives easy access to the upper arm.
  • Arrive no more than 5 minutes before scheduled appointment time, and enter through the designated “COVID-19 Vaccination Entrance” doors at the front of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
  • You must remain at the clinic for 15 to 30 minutes after the vaccination for monitoring.
  • Support persons may be asked to wait in their vehicle. If needed, assistance will be provided by vaccination clinic employees.
  • Participants will receive a COVID-19 vaccination card. Participants must keep this card to bring with them to their second vaccination.
  • Anyone arriving more than 30 minutes after their scheduled appointment might not be able to receive vaccine on this date.

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital will continue to partner with the Logan County Department of Public Health to offer vaccination clinics. Future vaccination clinics will be announced by the local media, and shared on the social media channels of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital and the Logan County Department of Public Health.

VERMILION COUNTY

OSF HealthCare is preparing to offer vaccinations to a select group of patients.

“We are happy and hoping to start offering the coronavirus vaccine to citizens of Vermilion County soon,” said be Melissa Edington, director of physician offices in Danville for OSF Multispecialty Services. “We anticipate receiving a limited number of doses this week, which will be offered to those who are 65 years old and older, who are at the highest risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing complications.”

Patients who meet the age requirement with multiple chronic diseases such as congestive heart failure, chronic pulmonary disease and diabetes, to name a few, will be among the first contacted.

With a high level of interest in receiving the vaccine, OSF is asking its patients and members of the general public to exercise patience. There is concern that hospital or physician office phone lines could be overwhelmed. OSF wants to be sure those who need urgent medical care can get through.

OSF is joining state and local public health agencies to take a phased approach to vaccination.

The exact timing of the vaccinations will be determined in collaboration with county health departments. Because initial vaccine supply will be limited, OSF providers will monitor and prioritize vaccines for those who meet specific criteria, based on their medical history.

“For Vermilion County residents, when we are able to vaccinate patients, we will reach out to them using OSF MyChart, email or phone based on the contact information we have for them,” said Edington.

COVID-19 vaccination is free, health care providers are allowed to charge an administrative fee which helps cover costs associated with things such as wages for the health care workers who are giving the shots and documenting patient information, and for storing and transporting the vaccine for use at vaccination clinics.

Insurance plans and governmental payers are required to pay for the administration fees with no out-of-pocket expense to patients. OSF HealthCare also believes no individual should have to pay for this administrative fee and will not pass the costs on to anyone without insurance.

If you receive a bill for the administrative fee or a notice from your insurance company that the administrative fee is being applied toward your deductible, please contact OSF HealthCare at (800) 421-5700.

The OSF website is being updated frequently as the process of vaccine distribution moves forward. Instead of calling, the public is asked to go to osfhealthcare.org/vaccine for updates.

Vermilion County is planning the following COVID-19 vaccine clinics: 

  • Feb. 11, 18 and 25 clinics at the Fischer Theater will focus on giving second-dose vaccinations to those who received their first doses in January, and on giving first-dose vaccinations to seniors.

The Feb. 11 clinic is fully booked, officials said on Feb. 10. These clinics are by appointment only. 

An updated consent form, which asks for more demographic information, can be found here. If people print and bring the updated consent form with them, it will speed up the check-in process, health leaders said. Updated forms will also be available at the clinics. 

Parking will be available with an on-street option around the Fischer Theater and four public parking lots near the intersection of Vermilion and Harrison streets. 

Because of trouble with the Illinois online registration system, Vermilion County officials said these clinics will be run with an "old school" style, where people can call for appointments, fill out their consent and screen forms on paper. Data will then later be entered into the state database. 

"If you received your initial dose of vaccine at the Health Department, and you received a date and time for your second dose of vaccine, then that is your appointment," the Vermilion County Health Department said in a Facebook post. "You will not have to register.

"If you received your initial dose of vaccine at the Health Department, and you received a slip of paper asking you to register for an appointment to receive your second dose of vaccine, then we will call you to set up that appointment. For example, those who were vaccinated here on Jan. 12 and 14 will be contacted about making a second-dose appointment on Feb. 11 at the Fischer Theater.

"After we make appointments for all of those needing a second dose, we will begin to make appointments for those wanting an initial dose. Giving second doses in a timely manner will be our priority at COVID-vaccination clinics."

Health officials are asking people who go to these Vermilion County clinics to wear a short-sleeved shirt under their winter clothes, as the vaccine is administered high on a person's upper arm near the shoulder. They should also bring a completed consent form and pre-screening form. Forms can be found through this link

Forms can be mailed if a patient does not have access to a printer. A person can also pick up blank forms at the Vermilion County Health Department. 

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We are disappointed to report that the state is temporarily unable to keep up with the requests for COVID vaccine.

The state has told us to expect no Moderna vaccine to be sent to Vermilion County next week, and to expect to receive a only a few-hundred doses of Moderna vaccine -- far less than our usual allotment -- for us and our healthcare partners to give as first-dose vaccinations for at least two weeks after that.

The State plans to send us and our partners enough second doses of vaccine that we can fully vaccinate those who have received first doses.

*** Due to the low projections of vaccine for the next few weeks, we are not going to schedule appointments for people to receive their first doses of the vaccine. ***

*** Given the amount of vaccine we have on-hand, we will not have to cancel any second-dose or first-dose vaccination appointments for our Feb. 18 and Feb. 25 clinics at the Fischer Theater. If you have an appointment for one of those two clinics, we can still vaccinate you. ***

We expect to be able to give people their second doses of the vaccine in March -- assuming we receive vaccine from the State -- but we do not know when we will next be able to give people their first doses of vaccine.

This is a state-wide problem, which was confirmed this afternoon.

We hope this situation resolves itself soon.

Please do not call the Health Department to try to schedule an appointment for a COVID vaccination. When this temporary shortage of vaccine is over, we will let you know when to call to schedule an appointment.

DEWITT/PIATT BI-COUNTY 

The following was posted on the DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department website on Feb. 5: 

**PLEASE NOTE: Based on experiences at our Mass Vaccination Clinic yesterday, we believe we are able to serve MORE residents needing vaccination. As such, we have expanded our available appointment slots on the SignUpGenius links below. Please DO NOT cancel an existing appointment - keep the appointments you've already made. We are learning lessons as we go and have to evolve as we learn. We have enough doses to meet this additional demand plus all already scheduled. Thank you for understanding!

Only 1B priority populations are eligible for vaccination at this time. 1B includes “Essential Workers” and those aged 65 and older. The vaccine has only been approved for those age 18 and older.

Your best option now would be to use this SignUpGenius link below to schedule an appointment.

We will not send confirmation of your appointment - you'll need to keep track of the date and time of your appointment.

You MUST STAY IN THE COUNTY you reside/work and get the vaccination there. Piatt Co residents CANNOT get their vaccinations in DeWitt Co and vice-versa

Each week, a new SignUpGenius will be released as we monitor available resources.

Please bring the completed consent form with you to your appointment.

For those WITHOUT internet access, residents may call (217)935-3427 Ext 2112 to have someone assist you with making an appointment, but EXPECT A LONGER WAIT. The SignUpGenius remains your best option for making appointments.

SignUpGenius Links:

Piatt County Residents use this link ONLY:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/PIATTCOVIDVaccApptWEEK2

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/PIATTVaccineApptsFeb15-19

DeWitt County Residents use this link ONLY:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/DEWITTCOVIDappointWEEK2

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/VaccineApptsDEWITTFeb16-18

Print off the CONSENT FORM below and fill it out and BRING IT TO YOUR APPOINTMENT:

Link to "COVID - 19 Vaccination Consent Form 2.pdf"

FAYETTE COUNTY

UPDATE: The Fayette County Health Department has rescheduled a clinic set for Wednesday, Feb. 17 to Friday, Feb. 19. Appointment times will stay the same and health officials will make calls to notify scheduled people to confirm.

The COVID-19 vaccine is open to people in Fayette County in Phase 1a and Phase 1b. This includes healthcare workers, first responders, correctional officers, food and agriculture employees, postal servicevice workers, manufacturing employees, grocery store employees, public transit employees, educators and support staff, daycare employees, and people 65 years of age and older. 

Print and complete the form and send it through one of the following methods: 

-Fax: 618-283-5038

-Email: fchdcovid@gmail.com 

-Mail: Fayette County Health Department, Attn: Lacie Donaldson, 416 W. Edwards St., Vandalia, IL 62471

-Drop off: Place in a sealed envelop labeled: "COVID Vaccine Registration" and put in the box outside the front doors to the lefthand side. 

MCLEAN COUNTY

The first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine was delivered directly to McLean County the week of December 21, 2020. Vaccinations at long-term care facilities in McLean County are being done by Walgreens and CVS through a federal program. 

Individuals in Phase 1B are currently eligible for the vaccine as of the week of Jan. 25. McLean County appointments can be made here.

Please be patient as the McLean County Health Department will follow the guidance for priority groups provided by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) & Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

Phase 1 (When supply of vaccine is limited)

  • Phase 1a: Health Care Personnel & Residents from Long Term Care Facilities
  • Phase 1b: Persons 65 years of age or older and essential frontline workers including first responders.

Phase 2 (When there is increased supply) Phase 2 is pending ACIP Recommendations, possible groups could include:

  • Critical infrastructure employees
  • People with moderate comorbid conditions

Phase 3 (Increased Supply) Phase 2 is pending ACIP recommendations, possible groups could include: 

  • Young adults aged 18-30
  • General population
  • Children (dependent upon a pediatric vaccine availability)

COVID-19 vaccine supply will increase substantially in early 2021, allowing greater distribution to the community. Recommendations for groups to focus on will broaden as vaccine becomes available, depending on characteristics of each vaccine, vaccine supply, and disease epidemiology. 

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Upcoming McLean County vaccination clinics include: 

Tuesday, Feb. 9

2nd Dose McLean County Vaccine Clinic

Phase 1A & Phase 1B Eligible Participants - 2nd DOSE ONLY! - Moderna Vaccine

Location: Grossinger Motors Arena;

101 S. Madison St., Bloomington, IL

Enter from the ticket office on Madison Street (southeast corner of the front; directly across from the Health Department)

Wednesday, Feb. 10

McLean County Vaccine Clinic

Phase 1A & Phase 1B Eligible Participants ONLY!

You MUST Live or Work in McLean County

Vaccine: Pfizer - YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO COME BACK ON March 3rd (21 days) to RECEIVE 2ND DOSE

Location: Activity and Recreation Center (ARC), 600 E Willow St, Normal, IL

Appointments from: 8:10am-3:50pm

Thursday, Feb. 11

2nd Dose McLean County Vaccine Clinic

Phase 1A & Phase 1B Eligible Participants - 2nd DOSE ONLY! - Moderna Vaccine

Location: Grossinger Motors Arena;

101 S. Madison St., Bloomington, IL

Enter from the ticket office on Madison Street (southeast corner of the front; directly across from the Health Department)

Friday, Feb. 12 

McLean County Vaccine Clinic

Phase 1A & Phase 1B Eligible Participants ONLY!

You MUST Live or Work in McLean County

Vaccine: Pfizer - YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO COME BACK ON March 5th (21 days) to RECEIVE 2ND DOSE

Location: Activity and Recreation Center (ARC), 600 E Willow St, Normal, IL

Appointments from: 8:10am-3:50pm

More information on McLean County vaccines can be found hereClick here for McLean County registration instructions. 

EDGAR COUNTY

The health department is currently experiencing an influx of calls for registration for the vaccine. They ask for patience as they try to answer as many calls as possible.

Several staff members are working to answer the calls and get people signed up. 

Call the number 217-466-3545 to register. If no one answers, leave a message or call back at a different time.

The vaccine is currently not available, because vaccine quantities are limited.

They are working on getting everyone 65 or older that resides in Edgar County who wishes to receive the vaccine signed up.

MOULTRIE COUNTY

The Moultrie County Health Department is announcing the confirmation of additional COVID-19 vaccines. The health department will begin scheduling phase 1B vaccine appointments for Moultrie County residents aged 65 years and older, as well as Moultrie County critical infrastructure personnel on Monday, January 25, 2021.

All vaccines will be provided by appointment. Individuals aged 65 and older and others identified in the Phase 1B category may schedule an appointment by calling the MCHD at (217) 728-4114.

Proof of residency and age (driver’s license) or Phase 1B employment status in Moultrie County will be required at the time of vaccination. Individuals will be required to wear a mask and comply with social distancing while attending vaccine clinics.

Moultrie County COVID-19 vaccine clinic updates will be provided in local newspapers, on the MCHD website at www.moultriehealth.org and Facebook page.

EFFINGHAM COUNTY 

The Effingham County Health Department announced that is rescheduling its COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic that had been planned for Tuesday, Feb. 16, due to the upcoming winter storm. This clinic will now take place on Monday, Feb. 22, with all Tuesday appointments moving to the Monday at the exact same time.

A team from the Health Department will attempt to reach each scheduled person by phone on Monday, Feb. 15, to confirm this change. The Department asks people not to call the Health Department but to wait for their call.

“The safety of our community members and workers is important to us. The forecasted combination of heavy snow and frigid temperatures left us with no choice but to reschedule the clinic. We hope everyone is able to make the new date on Monday, Feb. 22,” explained Effingham County Health Department Administrator, Jeff Workman.

DOUGLAS COUNTY 

Two clinics scheduled for Feb. 3 and Feb. 4 are full. All 300 appointments are taken. Douglas County health officials said more clinics will be offered next Friday (Feb. 5). 

Each week DCHD receives an email noting the allotted number of Moderna vaccines. When vaccine shipment is underway, IDPH sets up an online clinic pod and the registration link for it is sent to DCHD. This typically happens on Fridays around 4:30 p.m., so be watching for it at dchealthdept.org

Vaccine supply governs how many appointments can be offered per clinic, and state and federal guidelines dictate who can be offered vaccination opportunity at any given time. Right now is Phase 1B and we are concentrating on Douglas County residents age 65 or older for February clinics. 

When online registration is open, go to the DCHD website (dchealthdept.org) and click on the link and follow the process, which is similar to ordering concert or sports tickets. Follow the process all the way through to ensure completion. If you have successfully registered, you should receive a confirmation email that includes a QR code you need to either print out and bring with you or download to your smart phone, as we will need to scan that QR code several times during your appointment. 

If utilizing online registration is difficult for you, please ask a family member, friend, neighbor, church member or other acquaintance for assistance. If you are age 65 or older and TRULY have no one to turn to for help, we can collect your name, DOB, and phone number to pair you with a small number of community volunteers who have offered their assistance (via phone) with online registration. This is no guarantee of appointment, just help once registration links are made public. Please utilize this free “assistance from a distance” service only if you have no other option, as volunteers are already overwhelmed with requests. 

For those who took the now-closed online survey, if you fall into current vaccination phase and focus, you should receive an automated phone call and/or email when first-dose online registration is open. Spots fill up very quickly, but weekly clinics will be held in Arcola (Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Arcola Elementary School) and Tuscola (Thursdays 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Tuscola Community Building) so you will have other opportunities. 

Regarding second dose vaccination: 

At this time second-dose vaccine allotment is separate from the weekly first-dosage allotment. Clinics for second-dose vaccines only are scheduled as first-dose recipients become eligible for them and vaccine supply allows. The online registration process is the same, and registration links will be marked as a second-dose clinic. Watch the DCHD website for those links. However, if you are able to get a second dose at some other site—for example at participating pharmacies—go ahead and do so. Be sure to have your vaccine record card with you whenever and wherever you go for your second Moderna dose.

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UPDATE -5:50 pm, Feb. 5, 2021

The link to the 2nd dose clinic is live and available on our website. Thank you http://dchealthdept.org

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New links to vaccine clinics scheduled for the week of Feb. 8 can now be found on the Douglas County Health Department website. The clinics include: 

1. 1st Dose Clinic in Arcola 2/10/21

- 65 & Older ONLY

2. 1st Dose Clinic in Tuscola 2/11/21 - 65 & Older ONLY

3. 2nd Dose Clinic in Tuscola 2/11/21 - (Please wait until at least 4:45 pm to schedule 2nd dose appointments as they are not in short supply and our website will be pushed to its max band width with individuals trying to schedule their 1st dose appts. Please don't contribute to the traffic to schedule a 2nd dose. After 4:45 pm much of the traffic will be gone.

We have done all we can to prevent the website from crashing but if you see an error code, please close the window briefly then return.

Thank you

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Douglas County Health Department will not be able to hold any COVID-19 vaccine clinics the week of Feb. 15-19, as no first dose Moderna vaccine was allocated to the health department for that week. DCHD has been told to expect vaccine the following two weeks, though the exact number of doses is not known at this time.

Once vaccine has been received those weeks, appointment registration links will be posted on the DCHD website as usual.

Thank you for your patience as we await further information. Please note you can also check with participating chain pharmacies on vaccine availability and eligibility.

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The Douglas County Health Department has announced changes to upcoming vaccine clinics.

The county previously had two clinics per week. Each clinic will have a first and second dose portion.

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Feb. 25

Tuscola Community Building (122 W. North Central Ave.)

10 a.m. - Noon: Second dose clinic

Noon - 2:45 p.m.: First-dose clinic (age 65 and older)

Wednesday, March 3

Arcola Masonic Center (111. S. Locust St.)

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Second dose clinic

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: First dose clinic (age 65 and older)

The sign-up process is staying the same. People can visit the Douglas County Health Department website for registration links, which are available at 4:30 p.m. Friday. People who are signing up for a second dose should be sure the clinic is on or after the date written on the back of their vaccine record card.

Registration links will have clear first and second dose markings. The website has a video tutorial showing people how to register.

Vaccine recipients must wear something that allows easy access to the upper arm, which is where vaccines are administered. After a person receives a vaccine dose, there is a 15-minute observation period.

Click here for more information about the registration process and what people should bring to their appointment.

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Feb. 24 update: 

Attention: Douglas County Health Dept. received a small, additional allocation of 2nd doses for tomorrow's 2nd dose only clinic 2/25/21 at the Tuscola Community Building between 9 and 10 a.m.

To register, you must be eligible to receive your 2nd dose on or before Feb. 25.

If the date of 2nd dose eligibility on your card is AFTER Feb. 25 - do not register for this 2nd dose clinic.

Registration for our next 2nd dose clinic will be this Friday, Feb. 26 at 4:30 p.m. for our clinic on March 3.

Each recipient must allow 28 days minimum between the 1st and 2nd dose.

Vaccination cards confirming the date of your 1st dose are required at 2nd dose clinic check-in.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY

From Feb. 22, 2021: 

If you have requested to be added to our COVID-19 vaccination list, please make sure your phone will accept unknown calls. Due to the limits of our current office phone system and the volume of calls we are getting, you may receive a call to make an appointment for your vaccination from a cell phone number. If you don’t answer our call, we cannot schedule your appointment. If you have a missed call from us, please TEXT a message back to the number and the Scheduler will call you back.

We are currently still taking names for the 1b list that includes:

• Those over 65

Frontline Essential workers including, but not limited to, the following occupations:

• First responders: Fire, law enforcement, 911 workers, security personnel, school officers

• Education: Teachers, principals, student support, student aids, day care worker

• Food and agriculture: Processing, plants, veterinary health, livestock services, animal care

• Manufacturing: Industrial production of good for distribution to retail, wholesale or other manufactures

• Corrections workers and inmates: Jail officers, juvenile facility staff, workers providing in-person support, inmates

• USPS workers

• Public transit workers: Flight crew, bus drivers, train conductors, taxi drivers, para-transit drivers, in-person support, ride sharing services

• Grocery store workers: Baggers, cashiers, stockers, pickup, customer service

• Shelters and day care staff: Homeless shelter, women’s shelter, adult day/drop-in program, sheltered workshop, psycho-social rehab

Find more Cumberland County vaccine information here

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