KCHD Vaccination Clinics Begin for Seniors 65+; Here's Who Has Been Vaccinated So Far

KCHD Vaccination Clinics Begin for Seniors 65+; Here’s Who Has Been Vaccinated So Far

The Kane County Health Department sent an e-blast to COVID-19 Vaccine Information subscribers Monday, saying the Health Department has begun vaccinating seniors 65 and older, and two clinics already have been held at Elgin Community College.

“These appointments were offered to the first group of seniors who signed up for the KCHD Vaccine Information Notification bulletin in the order in which they signed up, as well as seniors without access to technology who received assistance to register,” health officials said.

Officials said more clinics are planned, and seniors subscribed to the e-newsletter will receive invitations to register for appointments.

But health officials are emphasizing that there are many ways seniors in Phase 1B of the statewide vaccination plan can get a vaccination appointment and strongly suggested people age 65 and older explore all options and take whatever appointment becomes available first.

Pharmacies, local hospitals and health clinics are also providing appointments through their respective websites. For links to these resources, visit the Kane County Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments page.

Seniors requiring assistance with registering can call Seniors Services Associates at 630-897-6901 (Aurora) or 847-741-0404 (Elgin).

Vaccine Update

(data as of Feb. 26, 2021)

Distribution of Vaccine

To date, COVID-19 vaccine has been distributed to:

  • Kane County Hospitals — Advocate Sherman Hospital, Amita Mercy Hospital, Amita Saint Joseph Hospital, Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital and Rush Copley Medical Center = 23,595 doses
  • Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers — Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness, Greater Elgin Family Care Center, VNA Healthcare = 13,400 doses
  • Meijer, Walgreens Pharmacy = 2,500 doses                         
  • Kane County Sheriff’s Office = 670 doses
  • Mobile Vaccination Unit = 760 doses
  • Elgin Mental Health Center = 40 doses
  • Fox Valley ATC = 30 doses
TOTAL DOSES DISTRIBUTED = 40,995 doses

Administered Vaccines

Kane County Health Department has hosted clinics:

  • Jan. 7-8 (Kane County Fairgrounds — first doses Healthcare) = 2,169 doses
  • Jan. 21-22 (Kane County Fairgrounds — first doses Healthcare/Essential Workers) = 2,649 doses
  • Feb. 4-5 (Kane County Fairgrounds — first and second dose Healthcare/Essential Workers) = 3,310 doses
  • Feb. 9-11 (Kane County Fairgrounds — first dose Educators/Essential Workers) = 4,990 doses
  • Feb. 18-19 (Kane County Fairgrounds — first and second dose Healthcare/Essential Workers) = 3,360* doses administered
  • Feb. 25-26 (Elgin Community College — first dose 65+ years and older) = 3,280* doses
TOTAL ADMINISTERED VACCINE = 19,758 doses *provisional

Populations Served

At Kane County clinics and in cooperation with community providers, the following populations (Phase 1A and Phase 1B) have been getting immunized:

  • Hospital-based healthcare workers
  • Community-based healthcare workers
  • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities (through National Pharmacy Initiative with CVS and Walgreens)
  • Residents 65 years of age or older
  • Residents 65 years of age or older in senior housing
  • First responders / law enforcement
  • Frontline public works employees
  • Grocery store workers
  • County jail staff and detainees
  • Residents with developmental disabilities in congregate settings
  • Residents in shelters
  • Minority workers in essential manufacturing/food jobs
  • Staff working with vulnerable populations
  • Educators and support staff (public and private schools)
  • Home care providers for residents with developmental disabilities

Health officials said a consistent, reliable supply of vaccine is key to being able to provide more appointments.

“We acknowledge that appointments are booked as soon as they are listed on the site,” officials said in the e-blast. “As more vaccine becomes available, more appointments will become available. More local providers will be added to the page once a reliable vaccine supply is secured.

Health officials asked residents 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.

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