Clinics ending as the state nears normalcy | Republic-Times

Monroe County is unlikely to be holding mass clinics for those seeking their first dose of the COVID vaccine.

That appears to be the case after the vaccination clinic had a poor turnout last week, which solidifies the trend that the demand for vaccines here has plummeted.

Monroe County only administered about 200 doses during the clinic on Thursday at the fairgrounds – including a few second doses and about 50 Johnson & Johnson shots.

“It wasn’t a good turnout,” said John Wagner, administrator for the Monroe County Department of Health. “It was just a trickle.”

The county then held a clinic on Monday, mostly for second doses.

“We had a lot of people on the second dose. We also had a few first cans, ”said Wagner.

Wagner said his department can offer some first doses outside of their office and they plan to have a few more mass second dose clinics.

The health department may have more mass vaccination clinics after the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine was approved for ages 12-15. However, Wagner is of the opinion that the demand is not as high due to the previous reaction from high school age students.

The slowed vaccinations come as the Illinois Department of Health added another death to Monroe County’s novel coronavirus death toll on Friday, bringing the total to 93. The deceased was a man in his seventies.

The IDPH reported another death last Wednesday, a man in his eighties.

It did after Governor JB Pritzker announced Thursday that Illinois will move into the new bridge phase of its reopening plan next week. Subject to any setbacks, Pritzker said the state is well on its way to fully reopening as early as June 11 when it reaches Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan.

“The worrying upward trend in cases and hospitalizations we saw a few weeks ago has stabilized – evidence of the life-saving, community-protecting power of vaccinations,” said Pritzker. “As a result, the state of Illinois will enter the bridging phase of our mitigation plan on Friday, May 14th – a step closer to eliminating almost all of the remaining mitigation measures and a very hopeful step towards a full reopening.”

The bridge phase enables higher capacity limits for spectator events and fewer restrictions for companies.

To advance into this phase, the entire state must achieve a first-dose vaccination rate of 70 percent for residents aged 65 and over, maintain an availability rate for beds in the intensive care unit of 20 percent or less, and keep hospital admissions for COVID-19 and COVID-like illnesses Hold constant mortality rate and fall rate metrics over a 28 day monitoring period.

According to Pritzker, 85 percent of Illinois people aged 65 and over received their first dose, while 60 percent of all adult residents received their first shot.

In total, Illinois has administered 10,037,624 doses of the vaccine and received over 12.5 million doses. A total of 4,552,454 residents received both shots, meaning 35.73 percent of Illinois is fully vaccinated.

To move on to Phase 5, where life returns to normal before the pandemic, the state must achieve a 50 percent vaccination rate for residents 16 and older and meet the same metrics and rates that are used to enter the transition phase over another 28 Years are required. Day period.

In addition, Pritzker announced that state-administered mass vaccination centers will now offer accessible appointments and that medical practices and small medical providers will offer the vaccine.

The IDPH reports that Monroe County has administered 27,902 doses of COVID vaccines. Here 13,699 people are fully vaccinated – meaning 39.9 percent of the county received both shots.

In addition to the county health department, individuals can now be vaccinated at Mercy Hospital by contacting or making an appointment at the Waterloo Walmart at

These locations join Red Bud Regional Hospital, Memorial Hospital in Belleville, and the Walgreens of Columbia and Waterloo, as other residents can take pictures nearby.

Monroe County has had a total of 4,387 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with about 31 active. A resident is hospitalized with the virus. There have only been eight new cases since May 5.

In total, the Waterloo zip code had 2,227 cases (27,767 tests performed), the Columbia zip code 1,670 cases (12,134 tests), and the Valmeyer zip code, according to IDPH, had 168 cases (1,101 tests).

The seven-day average positivity rate for tests in Monroe County was 1.5 percent on May 8. The moving average positivity rate for Metro East in seven days was 2.7 percent on May 8.

There were a total of 30,740 positive tests and 477 coronavirus-related deaths in St. Clair County. A total of 349,644 tests were carried out there.

Randolph County had 4,153 confirmed cases, nine of which are active. 85 people died there from the virus.

In total, there are up to 1,357,953 cases of coronavirus and 22,261 deaths in Illinois. In Illinois, 1,906 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19, including 489 people in intensive care beds.

Missouri has recorded 505,928 confirmed cases and 8,835 deaths. That includes 80,946 cases in St. Louis County and 21,250 cases in St. Louis City, according to the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services.

Nationwide, more than 32.7 million people have been infected with the virus, while at least 581,669 people have died.

There have been over 158.9 million cases of coronavirus and over 3.3 million COVID-19 deaths worldwide.

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