Southern Seven Health Department Receives First Shipment of COVID-19 Vaccine

Southern Seven Health Department (S7HD) has received the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines designated to the seven county region. The shipment of 160 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine was received by S7HD staff on Wednesday and transported to a local healthcare provider. Frontline healthcare workers at that facility are expected to receive their first COVID-19 vaccinations beginning today. Frontline healthcare workers are considered to be paid or unpaid employees who serve in healthcare settings and have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. Based on current guidance from Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), S7HD expects to receive a weekly shipment of vaccine. These vaccines will be distributed throughout the seven counties based on guidance from IDPH and the Centers for Disease Control& Prevention (CDC).Currently COVID-19 vaccinations are being provided to frontline healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities under Phase 1A of the CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program.  Phase 1 is characterized by having access to a limited amount of COVID-19 vaccine. For questions regarding COVID-19, contact Southern Seven Health Department at 618-634-2297 or visit them on Facebook and online at www.southern7.org

 

 

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