With the recent Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine there have been a lot of questions circulating around how this vaccine will be administered to the community members of Kankakee County. Limited amounts of the COVID-19 vaccine will begin to be allocated to Kankakee County in the coming weeks. The Kankakee County Health Department staff and partners have been working tirelessly to develop a plan for administration of the vaccine to our community members following the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines. Given the initial limited supply of vaccine, there will be a phased approach to administration (listed below). More information about the development of this phased approach can be found by clicking the How CDC is Making COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations link at the end of this PSA.
AT THIS TIME, THERE IS NOT A WAITING LIST TO RECEIVE THE VACCINE AND YOU CANNOT SCHEDULE TO GET THE VACCINE BY CALLING THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT.
When the health department receives a steady supply of vaccine and is able to hold drive through and by appointment clinics, we will notify the public via multiple media outlets. Please refrain from calling the health department to ask for updates on the COVID-19 vaccine, updates will be provided via Facebook (@KankakeeHealth) and other media outlets as they are made available.
Phased approach to vaccine allocation:
For more information regarding the Pfizer- BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine you can visit the links below.