Fairfield Memorial Hospital chosen for vaccine access pilot program

Illinois reports 1 new COVID-19 death in Edwards Co., 8 new area cases

Fairfield Memorial Hospital chosen for vaccine access pilot program
(Source: WFIE)

ILLINOIS (WFIE) - Thursday, Illinois health officials reported 1,700 new coronavirus cases and 53 more deaths.

The state has now had 1,204,409 total cases and 20,863 total deaths.

According to the state’s coronavirus website, there are four new cases in White County, three new cases in Edwards County and one new case in Wayne County.

The state map also shows one new COVID-19 related death in Edwards County.

Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Thursday that nine critical access hospitals were selected as part of the Safety Net Direct Vaccine Allocation Pilot program.

This is the next phase of the vaccine pilot program announced on March 3.

This phase specifically targets rural communities, providing hundreds of doses to each site per week.

Starting this week, the state will provide a combined total of nearly 6,000 vaccine doses per week to nine critical access hospitals. This is in addition to the allocated doses the state distributes to existing health care partners, such as local health departments and pharmacies.

One of the nine hospitals chosen is

Sites participating in the program include Fairfield Memorial Hospital in Wayne County

A complete list of vaccination sites can be found on the Illinois coronavirus website.

The Egyptian Health Department is hosting a vaccination clinic in Eldorado for 200+ appointments for the Moderna vaccine on Friday, March 12. This clinic is available to individuals who live or work in Saline, Gallatin and White counties and are eligible under Phase 1A , 1B or 1B+(health conditions).

Click here to schedule online. You can also call the Eldorado office 618-273-3326.

Ferrell Hospital is hosting a community vaccine clinic with the Army National Guard on Monday, March 15, White County Fairgrounds Floral Hall, 201 Fairground Road in Carmi. Appointments are required, and can be made by calling (618)297-9677.

Other local places to look for vaccines:

Kroger, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Harrisburg Medical Center, Christopher Rural Health Clinic/Eldorado Rural Health, Southern Illinois Healthcare and Ferrell Hospital. Check out their websites and/or social media accounts for more info on vaccine opportunities!

*Phase 1B+ -- Persons aged 16 to 64 years with medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19. Conditions include Obesity, Diabetes, Pulmonary Diseases, Smoking, Heart Conditions, Chronic Kidney Disease, Cancer, Immunocompromised State from a Solid Organ Transplant, Sickle Cell Disease, Pregnancy, and Persons with Disability (Not otherwise covered in previous categories.)

Here is the total number of coronavirus cases and deaths reported in our area:

  • Wayne County - 1,695 cases, 49 deaths
  • White County - 1,629 cases, 25 deaths
  • Wabash County - 1,306 cases, 12 deaths
  • Edwards County - 532 cases, 11 deaths

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