ANNA – Southern Seven Health Department (S7HD) announced Tuesday they will open up COVID-19 vaccinations to any adult 18-years old and up.
Offcials said in a release opening up vaccinations to the general public comes at a time when COVID-19 vaccine supplies are strong, waitlists for individuals in priority groups in the S7 region have been exhausted, and worrisome signs of increasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations begins to spread.
“There are other, more populated areas of the state that are still working to vaccinate folks in priority groups 1A, 1B, and 1B+,” Nathan Ryder, Outreach Coordinator for Southern Seven’s Contact Tracing Team said. “Thanks to a steady increase in vaccine supplies in our seven county region lately and the help from our National Guard team members, we’ve been able to get everyone on our waitlists vaccinated. We have plenty of vaccine available to start providing those shots to any adult who would like to get one.”
Teens ages 16-17 years old are also eligible to receive a vaccine but currently only the Pfizer vaccine is licensed to be administered for that age group. Because of the extreme cold storage requirements and the relatively short shelf-life, S7HD currently does not offer the Pfizer vaccine at any of its mass vaccination clinics.
They have started a waitlist for parents with teens 16-17 years old to gauge when and where they should host a clinic for that younger age group. Parents or guardians can add their teen to that waitlist by calling the Southern Seven Health Department at 618-634-2297 and select option #5.
To guarantee a vaccine dose on a given day, vaccine appointment can be scheduled using the Illinois Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Registration system online.
Currently S7HD operates at least two mass vaccination locations in the region each day, Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm. There is no charge for receiving a COVID-19 vaccine from S7HD. S7HD covers Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, and Union counties.