Six dead over holiday, Health Department says NO vaccine appointments

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KANKAKEE – The Kankakee Health Department reminded residents Monday afternoon it is currently not accepting COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

The update was given as a second shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Kankakee.  The latest shipment, consisting of 700 doses, is reserved for Healthcare workers with 200 of those doses to be administered to those at the Manteno Veterans Home. Under plans for Operation Warp Speed, those doses will be delivered and administered by workers of drug stores sometime this week.

“Vaccinations for staff and residents at long term care facilities which also fall  under Priority Group 1A (Healthcare workers) will be conducted by personnel from CVS and Walgreens,” local officials said in a release Monday. “The Health Department is currently NOT accepting COVID-19 vaccination appointments.”

A first dose of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine was delivered to the organization in Mid-December consisting of over 1,500 doses, which went to vaccinate local healthcare workers at the area’s two hospitals.

Local officials said in the release vaccines to the local public are not expected to go out until sometime in early Spring 2021.

Six more COVID-19 deaths were recorded over the long holiday break.  The last update locally came on December 23rd.  Kankakee has now seen 152 pandemic related deaths.  

As of Monday active cases remained leading those recovered with 5,246 cases active in the County.

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