LAST UPDATED: 8:34AM THURSDAY, JAN. 21
In a presentation to the Kane County Board Health Committee Wednesday (Jan. 20, 2021), Kane County Health Department Assistant Director for Community Health Michael Isaacson said residents will be able to register online for the COVID-19 vaccine within the next week or so.
Isaacson’s full presentation to the Health Committee is now available to watch on the Kane County YouTube Channel. The Health Committee YouTube video also is embedded above.
Isaacson said 17,045 vaccine doses had ben administered as of Wednesday in Kane County, with about 2,000 more expected to be done this week as part of Phase 1A, during which the vaccine is administered to healthcare workers and nursing home residents.
Isaacson said any healthcare workers who have not been contacted and are seeking more information about Phase 1A should email COVIDvaccine@co.kane.il.us.
As state and local health officials begin the transition to Phase 1B — which includes frontline workers and people age 65 and over — Isaacson said the county will create a registration system that will allow each eligible resident to pick a time slot and a place to receive the vaccine.
Some examples of frontline vaccine recipients are:
- First Responders
- Food and Agriculture Workers
- Manufacturing Workers
- Corrections Workers and Inmates
- United States Postal Service Workers
- Grocery Store Workers
- Shelter and Daycare Workers
Isaacson emphasized that the “when and where (of vaccine distribution) depends on outside forces.”
Vaccine doses are distributed from the federal government to the state government. The Illinois Department of Public Health then distributes vaccine doses to county health departments or other local health providers.
Once the county hears more from state health officials, Isaacson said arrangements have been made for vaccine to be distributed at more than 40 provider sites in Kane County.
Health Committee Chair Jarret Sanchez said additional information is coming soon, but residents should understand that the process to provide the vaccine to all residents will take time, and he encouraged patience.
“I think what people need to hear is that we’re ready to go,” Sanchez said. “Now, it’s a matter of how much vaccine we’re going to get and when we’re going to get it. The reality is, we’re just at the beginning.”
Screenshots From Wednesday’s Health Committee Presentation