Pictured: Bill and Barbara Beck of Mt. Vernon, waiting after receiving their COVID-19 vaccines.
MT. VERNON – COVID-19 vaccinations for Phase 1B patients are underway with SSM Health.
Per the Illinois Department of Public Health, Phase 1B includes persons aged 65 years and older and frontline essential workers.
Currently, vaccines are administered at SSM’s primary care office in Mt. Vernon. To schedule a vaccine, patients are asked to contact their SSM Health primary care provider or their local health department.
Screening questions will be asked upon scheduling and an appointment will then be set. Officials said patients will be registered when they arrive and the vaccine will be administrated. Patients are then asked to wait in the office for 15 minutes to be monitored for any immediate side effects.