Kane County hospitals will receive the first shipment of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine Wednesday (Dec. 16, 2020), marking a milestone in the fight against a virus that to date has claimed the lives of more than 500 Kane County residents.
Kane County Board Madam Chairman Corinne Pierog described the arrival of the vaccine as a turning point in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is a day to reflect on the resolve of research chemists, health, logistical and public safety professionals,” she said. “Due to their devotion and hard work to halt the spread of the pandemic, tomorrow will be the beginning of putting a stop to a pandemic that has inflicted significant harm to our communities and economy.”
Health Department spokesperson Susan Stack said the first doses would be distributed to hospitals for emergency and critical-care staff as part of Phase 1A.
The next to receive the vaccine will be Kane County’s long-term care facility residents. Because the Pfizer vaccine needs to be kept at -94 degrees until thawed for vaccination, Stack said CVS and Walgreens personnel will distribute the vaccine to local nursing homes.
Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain said his office could not provide specific details about the rollout but emphasized that protocols are in place to ensure secure delivery.
“As soon as it arrives, we have a plan to immediately escort and distribute to all five Kane County hospitals,” he said.
Those hospitals include Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Amita Health Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin and Amita Health St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin.
The state received about 43,000 doses in the first shipment and expects additional shipments in the coming weeks.
People who get one of the new COVID-19 vaccines will be expected to get their second shot around 21 days after the first one.
The vast majority of doses in this shipment will be delivered from Illinois Strategic National Stockpile to Regional Hospital Coordination Centers around the state that will serve as pick up locations for local health departments to begin distribution to healthcare workers in their jurisdictions.
Due to heightened security protocols for the distribution of the vaccine, the state has provided B-roll video here.
SOURCE: state of Illinois news release, Kane County Health Department, Kane County Sheriff’s Office