Edgar County now vaccinating any county resident over age 18

By GARY HENRY ghenry@prairiepress.net
Posted 4/5/21

The Edgar County Public Health Department is now in a position to vaccinate any country resident above the age of 18 wanting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Having worked through the various priority age …

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Edgar County now vaccinating any county resident over age 18

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The Edgar County Public Health Department is now in a position to vaccinate any country resident above the age of 18 wanting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Having worked through the various priority age and occupation people, the health department can now address all residents as vaccine supplies are received from the Illinois Department of Public Health. People wanting the vaccine can make an appointment via a link at the health department’s website ecphd.org. The link is active when vaccine supplies are received and closes when all appointments fill.

Those without Internet access can call the ECPHD hotlines at 217-294-2838 or 217-294-2728 for assistance in scheduling an appointment. The hotlines are frequently busy, so callers are encouraged to leave a message with a call back number.

According to the health department’s website, 5,680 doses of vaccine have been administered in Edgar County and 2,127, or 12.25%, of county residents are now fully vaccinated.

The week between March 27 and April 2 was low for new cases. There were several days when the ECPHD website did not update and only one new case showed up in the numbers, and that was a female in her 60s.

For the same time period, the number of hospitalized cases did increase from none to two people needing a hospital stay for treatment of the disease.