S7HD ANNOUNCES WALK-INS FOR COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICS

Southern Seven Health Department (S7HD) is announcing beginning on Monday, it will now accept walk-ins at their COVID-19 vaccine clinics spread throughout the S7 region. The walk-in vaccinations will be limited to the first 100 people in priority groups 1A, 1B, or 1B+ based on available vaccine supplies for that day. Walk-ins will be accepted between 10am and 4pm at S7’s mass vaccination sites. Individuals can still schedule themselves a guaranteed vaccine dose by booking an appointment online or by calling the Illinois Vaccine Appointment Call Center.

“This is a great way for us to reach folks who aren’t tech saavy or who may not have the ability to get on the internet to book an online appointment,” said Nathan Ryder, Outreach Coordinator for Southern Seven’s Contact Tracing Team.  “We have seen a steady increase in vaccine supplies shipping to us from the state. At the same time, we’ve exhausted most of our waitlists for COVID-19 vaccines in each of the counties and want to provide more opportunities for people to get vaccinated.”

To guarantee a vaccine dose on a given day, people can schedule themselves for a vaccine appointment using the Illinois Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Registration system online at: https://covidvaccination.dph.illinois.gov

Vaccines will be provided only to Illinois residents and/or individuals with proof of employment in Illinois. At the current time, people must also fall into the 1A, 1B or 1B+ priority groups to receive a vaccine. It was announced by the state of Illinois that on April 12th, everyone over the age of 16-years old will become eligible to get vaccinated.

Currently S7HD is operating 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.

IDPH has established a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Call Center open seven days a week from 6am to midnight at (833) 621-1284. SIH Healthcare has also established a regional call center to assist individuals who may have difficulty scheduling themselves online for a COVID-19 vaccine. Their call center may be reached by dialing (866) 744-2468, Monday thru Friday, from 8am to 4:30pm.

For questions regarding COVID-19 or locations of COVID-19 vaccine clinics, contact Southern Seven Health Department at 618-634-2297 or visit them on Facebook and online at www.southern7.org

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