SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) — If you or someone you know is 16 years or older, you're eligible to get the coronavirus vaccine in Winnebago County.
The Illinois Department of Public Health says more than 80 counties have now expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all Illinois residents 16 years and older, per an IDPH survey of local health departments.
IDPH authorized all local health departments seeing early signs of unfilled appointments to begin vaccinating all residents 16 and older at their immediate discretion, in order to use their vaccine as quickly as possible and mitigate a rise in new COVID-19 cases.
According to the Winnebago County Health Department, those under 18 must have a parent or guardian register them and the guardian must be present with them at the time of vaccination.
Region 1's seven-day rolling positivity rate is currently at 6.1%, according to IDPH. Winnebago County's positivity rate is at 6.6%.
Winnebago County is one of four counties in the Stateline that has been able to start vaccinating people 16 years and older. Jo Daviess, Lee and Ogle counties are the three other counties.
The Winnebago County Health Department's website currently reads:
COVID-19 Vaccinations not yet available to general public.
Registration for COVID-19 Vaccine is open to all 16 years and older.
13 WREX has reached out to the health department for clarification, but we've not heard back at this time.
A total of 6,318,070 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight, including 368,300 for long-term care facilities.
State health officials also announced 2,102 new confirmed and probable cases of the virus, along with 11 more deaths.
Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,258,736 cases and 21,384 deaths since the pandemic started.
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