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MercyHealth to store 4,875 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for Region 1

IDPH Vaccine Prioritization

ROCKFORD (WREX) — Illinois getting ready to receive their first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine and we now know how much is coming to Rockford.

On Friday, the state released more details on how the first dosages of the vaccine will be distributed.

Of the 109,000 doses the state is scheduled to receive, the City of Chicago will receive 23,000 doses of the virus, with the remaining 86,000 doses being distributed in the state to the 50 counties with the highest death rate per capita.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, of the 86,000 doses, 4,875 doses of the vaccine will be stored at MercyHealth Hospital in Rockford for all of Region 1. Six other regions, excluding Chicago, are scheduled to receive more dosages of the vaccine than Region 1, according to IDPH.

From there, the vaccine will be distributed to the counties with the highest death rate per capita.

IDPH reports the death per capita due to COVID-19 is higher Winnebago, Ogle, Jo Daviess, Carroll and Whiteside than in Boone, Stephenson, Lee and DeKalb counties.

Here's a look at the counties in our area who will be receiving the vaccine and where they rank on the top 50 death per capita list.

3. Carroll County
41. Winnebago County
46. Ogle County
47. Jo Daviess County

We also now know the state will be receiving the Pfizer vaccine, which has a 95% effectiveness rate. The vaccine will be a two dose vaccine and must be taken three weeks apart. The vaccine must be stored at negative 70 degrees Celsius.

The first shipment of the vaccine is slated to arrive in Illinois as soon as Dec. 13.

Note: A previous version of this article said Boone, Lee, Stephenson and DeKalb counties were more likely to receive the vaccine first. That's been updated with the correct information.

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