The Kane County Health Department will begin vaccinating educators the week of Monday, Feb. 8.
According to a joint news release from the Kane County Health Department and the Kane County Regional Office of Education, 78% of education personnel opted to get the vaccine, which equates to about 11,500 persons.
Kane County Regional Superintendent of Schools Pat Dal Santo said the health of school personnel is critically important in keeping schools open safely and getting kids back in the classroom.
“We are grateful for the partnership with the Kane County Health Department working with our school districts to get educators and support staff vaccinated,” she said. “This is one step in the process of returning to in-person learning.”
The vaccinations will be scheduled throughout the week on a rolling basis. School districts will work with their staff on scheduling. Sites will be spread throughout North, Central, and South Kane County to make access convenient for district personnel.
Officials said the vaccination effort could not be done without the help of its partners.
Advocate Aurora Health Sherman Hospital, VNA Health Care, Greater Elgin Family Care Center, Meijer, school district nurses, the Kane County Health Department, and the Kane County Medical Reserve Corps will play a critical part in administering the vaccine.
The Kane County Sheriff’s Department will provide security and traffic control to secure the locations.
“This is a great example of a community coming together at a time when it needs it most,” Interim Executive Director Kathy Fosser said. “We rely heavily on coordinating with our partners, and thank them for playing an integral role in this process.”
Other vaccination sites for people over the age of 65 and essential workers are still taking place throughout Kane County.
Officials said that, even with vaccinations beginning, it’s important to remember that this is only the first dose, and second dose sites are already planned. After the second dose, it takes several weeks to achieve immunity, and people can still infect others.
Health officials ask residents to continue taking precautions by wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, and practicing social distancing.
For more information, visit https://kanehealth.com/
SOURCE: Kane County Regional Office of Education, Kane County Health Department news release
- Click this link to the state of Illinois Vaccination Locations Page.
- Click this link for the Vaccine Appointments page on the Kane County Health Department website.
- Click this link to sign up and receive vaccine information update emails from the Kane County Health Department.
- Notificación de Información Sobre Vacunas
- For questions about the COVID Vaccine, contact the Kane County Health Department at COVIDVaccine@co.kane.il.us