First Events in Fayette, Shelby, Moultrie and Clay Counties to Offer Thousands of Doses to County Residents
SPRINGFIELD, IL (STL.News) To further expand vaccine accessibility in rural communities, the State of Illinois is launching a rural vaccination pilot program. 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. The program will begin with events in Fayette and Shelby counties where a combined 2,600 doses can be administered before expanding to additional sites in Moultrie and Clay County later this week.
Addressing travel distances to providers is a key step in expanding access to healthcare in rural communities. This rural vaccination pilot program, which will run local vaccination clinics supported by local health departments as a one-stop shop, will result in people getting vaccinated quicker, without the logistics and time commitment associated with coordinating a second trip.
“While it’s been a long and difficult year, the fact that we now have three incredibly effective and protective vaccines is practically a scientific miracle – and it’s on us to get all three options out to the people of Illinois as quickly and widely as we can,” said Governor JB Pritzker.