The Kane County Public Health Committee today (Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021) unanimously recommended a resolution to accept a $1.25 million grant from the state of Illinois for a mass vaccination program.
The resolution now moves to the full County Board for approval at its March 9 meeting.
Health Committee Chairman Jarett Sanchez said the money could provide one or more mass vaccination sites in Kane County once the vaccine supply improves.
“This is a huge step in developing the mass vaccination sites everyone wants,” he said. “Right now, we’re using the Kane County fairgrounds, but that is not an ideal site. The snow and parking lots, it’s a nightmare. So this is going to go a long way to establishing that permanent site or sites, so that when the vaccine comes in, we can deliver it.”
Residents will be able to view the Kane County Public Health Committee meeting by visiting the Kane County YouTube page. Committee meetings typically are posted on the YouTube page the day after the livestream.
According to the resolution, the Health Department will use grant funding for medical support, data entry, and administrative support in order to carry out mass vaccination activities.
The county will spend most of the $1.25 million on contractual services and staffing. The resolution says $563,040 will go to contractual services, $467,381 to salary and wages, 89,552 to health insurance and $41,129 on retirement benefits. Other expenses include liability insurance, workers compensation, employee mileage, operating supplies.
Sanchez said county officials are scouting potential locations, including one possible site in South Elgin. He said the ideal situation would be for the county to have three sites, in the north, central and southern portions of the county, but that would depend on logistics the possibility of additional funding.
RESOLUTION NO. XXXX
AUTHORIZING ACCEPTANCE OF FY2021 ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
COVID-19 MASS VACCINATION GRANT AGREEMENT
WHEREAS, county residents currently face an unprecedented health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and
WHEREAS, as of 5 February 2021, 48,821 Kane County citizens have tested positive for COVID-19, and 686 have died; and
WHEREAS, the rapid deployment and administration of vaccines is critical to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and associated loss of life; and
WHEREAS, in order to achieve this goal, the Kane County Health Department has received grant funding of one million two hundred twenty-five thousand dollars ($1,250,000.00) from the
Illinois Department of Public Health in order to conduct mass vaccination; and
WHEREAS, the Kane County Health Department will use grant funding for medical support, data entry, and administrative support in order to carry out mass vaccination activities; so
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Kane County Board that the Chair hereby be authorized to enter into an agreement with the Illinois Department of Public Health to accept and
expend an amount not to exceed one million two hundred fifty thousand ($1,250,000.00) dollars.
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