SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — Illinois launched a new portal on coronavirus.illinois.gov to provide residents with easily accessible information about the COVID-19 vaccine.
To date, the state has placed the responsibility of setting up appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the hands of individual counties; however, information on vaccination eligibility and locations is available on the state website.
An IDPH call center is also open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to midnight. The toll-free Vaccine Appointment Call Center phone number is (833) 621-1284 and can take TTY calls. There are approximately 500 agents answering calls with the ability to expand during peak periods. The call center has English and Spanish speaking call agents with the availability for translation into other languages.
Here is how Illinois counties in the Wabash Valley are handling the procedure.
Clark County residents should call the Health Department at (217) 382-4207. Callers will hear a message from Administrator Cathy Hayden asking them to leave their name and number, telling them they will receive a return call within two days to schedule an appointment. Prior to that, callers are warned that there may be a delay in scheduling appointments due to the limited amount of the vaccine that the Health Department currently has.
In Jasper County, residents should go to the health department website at jasperhealth.org for instructions and to make an appointment. Once an appointment is made, they receive a ticket that must be shown the day of the appointment.
In Edgar County, The ECPHD is asking that people not call for COVID vaccine registration, but check for a registration link on the department’s website.
Lawrence County is in the process of preparing to administer vaccines. Applications can be made at its website, which also explains who is eligible and what to do while waiting for the vaccine.
Richland County residents can book their vaccination appointments at https://www.richlandcountyhealthoffice.org/covidvaccine/. Appointments there cannot be scheduled over the phone.