From the McHenry County Department of Health:
Vaccine enrollment of residents 65 or older passes 25,000
WOODSTOCK — The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) is announcing that as of Wednesday, January 27, over 25,000 McHenry County residents who are 65 or older have enrolled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
MCDH has prioritized people who are 65 or older because they are considered higher risk and estimates that there are over 44,000 people within that population in McHenry County.
The health department expects the number of residents who enroll within that population to increase and will continue to administer first and second dose vaccine to the Phase 1a priority group.
Clinics hosted by the health department and community partners have limited appointments based on vaccine availability.
Residents who receive a link to register for an appointment but are unable to find an open appointment slot due to high demand should continue to check their email as new clinics are added as vaccine availability allows.
The State of Illinois is also partnering with retail pharmacies such as Walgreens and Jewel-Osco to provide COVID-19 vaccinations. Information about where and how to schedule an appointment with these pharmacies is available at coronavirus.Illinois.gov.
MCDH is also encouraging residents to look for communications from their healthcare provider’s health system about the option to receive the vaccine at their clinics.
Clinics at MCDH, pharmacies and healthcare systems are by appointment or invitation only.
McHenry County residents who have enrolled with MCDH but seek an appointment at a participating pharmacy or healthcare system will not be removed from the health department’s enrollment list.
“Now is the time to learn about all the options for where you can schedule an appointment for a vaccine,” said MCDH Public Health Administrator Melissa Adamson.
“We expect that as more vaccine becomes available, obtaining an appointment will get easier. We encourage everyone to take advantage of these other resources to get vaccinated if given the opportunity.”
For those who need assistance with transportation to and from an appointment, please contact Senior Services Associates. Arranging transportation as soon as an appointment has been scheduled is strongly encouraged. Contact Senior Services Associates by visiting www.seniorservicesassoc.org or by calling (815) 344-3555.
More information about enrolling for a COVID-19 vaccine is available at https://bit.ly/MCDHCovidVaccine.