ILLINOIS (WFIE) - The COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Fairfield Memorial Hospital moved forward on Thursday after getting postponed due to vaccine delays.
Rick Orr has waited to get his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
He’s one of 1,170 potential doses to be administered Thursday and Friday.
Officials at Fairfield Memorial says they were originally supposed to get only 800 doses total.
“Oh, I’m very happy about that,” Orr said. “I know some people that don’t want to get the shot, but I say better safe than sorry.”
The hospital partnered with the National Guard to get the vaccines.
Hospital workers were supposed to hold the clinic on Wednesday, but had to postpone.
Nurses say it’s been incredibly busy, but they’re ready for it.
“It’s great, it’s been wonderful, everything has gone very smooth,” Hollie Barrett, the primary physician director at Fairfield Memorial said. “We have a very good flow in our process, they get through the front door, they get through registration and are immediately taken to an area where they receive the vaccination.”
Members of the National Guard were also at the clinic to help nurses with the process.
“They are a support system to us in helping us lead this process and being there to support our patients as they walk through the registration process all the way through vaccination,” Barrett said.
Those getting the vaccine told 14 News they are happy with the efficiency of the event, and nurses say the extra day was worth the wait.
People ages 65 and older, essential workers and anyone with chronic health conditions can call to make an appointment to receive the vaccination.
You can schedule an appointment by calling 618-599-5766, 618-599-0235, 618-599-0134 or 618-599-0160.
They are being given out at the Medical Arts Complex on Northwest 10th Street.
On Thursday, Illinois health officials reported 1,740 new cases and 42 new deaths statewide.
There are 12 new cases from our area.
Of those new cases, five are in Wayne County, three are in Edwards County and there are two new cases in both White and Wabash counties.
There were no new local deaths in our area.
The state has now had 1,191,520 total cases and 20,626 total deaths.
A complete list of vaccination sites can be found on the Illinois coronavirus website.
Here is the total number of coronavirus cases and deaths reported in our area:
- Wayne County - 1,687 cases, 49 deaths
- White County - 1,614 cases, 25 deaths
- Wabash County - 1,303 cases, 12 deaths
- Edwards County - 527 cases, 10 deaths