The Moultrie County Health Department (MCHD) is pleased to announce 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.
“We greatly appreciate the patience of our residents as we work to remain compliant with the IDPH guidance and make this vaccine available for those who qualify in our county,” Moultrie County Health Department Administrator Angela Hogan, RN, MSPH stated, “We are hopeful that our COVID-19 vaccines remain in steady supply. The MCHD will continue to open and schedule clinics as long as vaccines are available.”
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.
The current State of Illinois Mass Vaccination Plan, https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccine-faq, provides guidance for each phase of the vaccination process, and identifies the categories of workers and residents to be vaccinated by local health departments. Ultimately, the ability of each county to move through the vaccine phases is dependent on local resources and vaccine supplies.
Hogan continues, “On behalf of the MCHD staff, I want our residents to know that we feel your frustration. It has been hard to wait for these vaccines when larger, neighboring counties are already initiating clinics. Our health department is doing our best to get this vaccine into our county for our residents. The Illinois Department of Public Health has advised that phase 1B may last for months. We ask that you continue to be patient, protect yourself and your loved ones by following the recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, everyone should:
- Wear a mask,
- Respect physical distancing,
- Wash hands frequently,
- Avoid large crowds,
- Stay home if ill,
- Get tested if experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms,
- Get a flu vaccine to reduce risk of influenza.