The Kane County Health Department vaccinated more than 2,100 health care workers at two clinics in two days last week, and as of today (Monday, Jan. 11, 2021) has distributed 16,045 doses of the vaccine to Phase 1A healthcare facilities.
“The clinics were a true community effort,” said KCHD Interim Executive Director Kathy Fosser. “We thank all the volunteers and community agencies who came together to help set up the clinics.”
Healthcare workers who live in Kane County or who work for a healthcare organization based in Kane County are eligible to receive a vaccine shot during Phase 1A.
If you are an eligible healthcare worker but have not yet received information, email the Health Department at COVIDvaccine@co.kane.il.us.
Healthcare workers who got the first dose last week will receive a second dose at clinics scheduled for Feb. 4 and Feb. 5.
Phase 1A also includes residents and workers at Kane County’s longterm care facilities. That part of the vaccination rollout is administered under a federal program by Walgreens and CVS pharmacies.
During the next two weeks, the Health Department will host additional mass-vaccination clinics for Phase 1A healthcare workers and begin vaccination of Phase 1B priority groups.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Phase 1B will include Illinois residents age 65 years and older and “frontline essential workers.”
During last week’s clinics, the Health Department was aided by 14 area agencies: the Aurora Fire Department, the St. Charles Fire Department, St. Charles Emergency Management Agency, St. Charles Police Department, Geneva Fire Department, Batavia Fire Department, Tri-City Ambulance Service, Fox River Countryside Fire Protection District, the Elburn Fire Department, Southern Fox Valley EMS System, St. Charles Community Unit School District 303, the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, the Kane County Office of Emergency Management and the Kane County Medical Reserve Corps.
General Public Vaccination Will Begin in Spring
According to a Health Department news release, vaccinations for the general public are not likely to begin until early spring.
The Health Department presently is not accepting vaccination appointments.
Health Department Seeks Your Input
The Kane County Health Department is hosting a one-hour virtual meeting titled, “Addressing Disparities: Improving the COVID-19 Response in Kane County,” for community residents to gather input on how the health department can improve their response to COVID-19.
The meetings are hosted by the KCHD COVID-19 Disparities Committee.
For the session held in English from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12. Click here to register.
For the session held in Spanish from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14. Haga clic aqui para registrarse.
Wear a Mask, Wash Your Hands, #VaxUpIL
The public is advised to continue to take precautions. Wear a mask, wash your hands and maintain your social distance. Avoid social gatherings and get tested if you think you have been exposed.
For additional information and current updates on the COVID-19 situation, visit the KCHD website at KaneHealth.com or call the Health Department at 630-208-3801.
SOURCE: Kane County Health Department news release