JEFFERSON COUNTY – Jefferson County residents included in Phase 1B can start scheduling appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting January 25.
According to the Jefferson County Health Department (JCHD), it received its first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine at the end of December and was able to begin vaccinating those healthcare personnel as part of Phase 1A.
Health officials have been giving the vaccine by appointment at their office with a full schedule every day to this group. JCHD has also been able to proceed with vaccinating Jefferson County first responders. Illinois will officially move into Phase 1B on January 25. Phase 1B includes essential workers and people 65 and older.
First responders, like police and firefighters, corrections officers; food and agricultural workers, like those at food processing plants; grocery store workers, public transit employees, like flight crews and bus drivers; educators, such as teachers and school staff members; along with workers at shelters and adult day care would all fall under Phase 1B.
JCHD is currently working with local schools on a plan to vaccinate all school personnel which fall into Phase 1B.
Currently appointments are limited, so the health department will give second doses to healthcare personnel in the office in the coming weeks and have been contacting other healthcare providers in the area to transfer some vaccine to those approved by the state so that they can assist with Phase 1B.
Also, in the state’s plan is to soon have the vaccine available at pharmacies that have signed up to be providers, giving county residents who wish to be vaccinated more options available locally.