SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) – To further expand vaccine accessibility in rural communities, the State of Illinois is launching a rural vaccination pilot program targeting the south-central area of the state. Only residents of the targeted counties can get the vaccine, and only in their county.
Starting this week, additional National Guard mobile operations will begin visiting rural communities with the capability to deliver upwards of 1,000 doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine per day. It began on Monday at Fayette County Health Department at 416 W. Edwards in Vandalia. Appointments can be made here.
On Wednesday and Thursday, vaccines will be available at the Lake Shelbyville USACE Dam West Recreation Area, 1989 IL-16 in Shelbyville. Shelby County appointments are available here.
Moultrie County residents can get the vaccine on Saturday at a site yet to be specified. Register for a Moultrie appointment here. On Monday, March 22, Clay County residents can get vaccinated at Oil Belt Christian Service Camp, 555 Park Rd. in Flora, after registering here.
As the spring planting season approaches, these rural vaccination clinics serve as an opportunity for farmers. “Before the busy planting season gets underway, we urge eligible farmers and producers to find a vaccination center near them. In many cases, farmers are self-employed. As a reminder, there is no charge to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Insurance is not required, and the vaccine will be administered regardless of your immigration status,” said Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton, chair of the Governor’s Rural Affair’s Council.
There are now more than 900 vaccination locations in Illinois open to the public. For those having difficulty navigating online services to make vaccination appointments, the Vaccine Appointment Call Center may be able to assist at (833) 621-1284. This hotline is available seven days a week from 6 a.m.-midnight.
For more information on how to make an appointment to receive the vaccine, updates on the state’s plan and eligibility, and answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, go to coronavirus.illinois.gov.