After two free vaccination clinics at the Skyview Drive-In in Litchfield on Wednesday and Saturday last week, the Montgomery County Health Department is planning the next clinic for Wednesday, April 21, at the Witt Lions Club.
The clinic is for those age 18 and older, and pre-registration is required. To register, find links on the health department website montgomeryco.com/health or on the health department’s Facebook page.
Those who would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and need help with online registration should call the health department at 217-532-2001 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The Illinois Department of Public Heath (IDPH) reports that as of Sunday, April 18, Montgomery County is lagging behind the state average in vaccination rate. While 26.14 of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated, 23.35 percent of Montgomery County’s population is.
“There were many unfilled first dose spots at today’s clinic,” the local health department posted on their website on Saturday. “If you are reading this, please help spread the word that we are able to vaccinate anyone now. We have plenty of vaccine. We just need those wishing to be vaccinated to get signed up to come to a clinic. We need and want to increase Montgomery County’s vaccinated numbers. We are still in a fight against COVID-19 even though some of our normal has returned. Vaccination is key to maintaining the ground we have gained against the virus.”
According to the health department, there were 18 new cases in Montgomery County last week for a positivity rate of 1.0 percent, and two more pandemic deaths, one announced on Tuesday and the second, a female in her 80s, announced by the IDPH on Thursday. Since the start of the pandemic, Montgomery County has 73 deaths and 2,870 cases of the virus.
Hillsboro Superintendent David Powell announced on Thursday that the school district quarantine count crept up to 25 after COVID-positive tests of a kindergarten student last week, and junior high student the week before, and a few outside of school contacts.
The school district is also working with the health department to provide vaccination clinics at Hillsboro High School for students age 16 and older whose parents choose for them to participate.