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COVID-19 Updates & Information

(1.22.20)  All available COVID-19 vaccine appointments are full. The phone line is not available. Watch the SBL and Coles County Health Department websites and social media for next available vaccine appointments. Register for CodeRED with the Coles County Health Department to receive information via your cell phone or landline, by texting the word CodeAlerts to 99411.

Jerry Esker Community Update (01.18.21)

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The State has moved to Phase 1-B and we are able to start providing vaccinations to people in this category.

We will start with people age 65 and older who live in Coles County beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 20, as prioritized by the health department. The clinic will be held in our Lumpkin Family Center for Health Education located on the north side of the Health Center campus. To register and make an appointment, please call 217 258-7489. The phones will be answered from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, while doses are available. Please do not come without an appointment as you will be turned away.

Unfortunately, we will have a limited number of doses of the Moderna vaccine to start. Coles County Health Department continues to request large quantities so we can offer vaccinations to anyone who wants one, but we have no control over how many doses or when they will arrive. The federal distribution system provides the doses to each state public health department and from there, it is distributed locally. Our hope is that the distribution system will be streamlined and become more predictable so we can schedule more people for vaccines. We appreciate our partners at the Coles County Health Department who have worked diligently to secure as many vaccines as possible for this community.

The SBL team has developed a very smooth process to vaccinate 50 people an hour, which includes, five stations: Check-in; Consent and Temperature: Injection; Observation; and Check-out. Participants are required to wait 15 minutes after the injection in case they have a reaction to it. They also will receive an appointment for the second dose. From start to finish, it only takes about 25 minutes.

For Sarah Bush Lincoln employees, the process has gone amazingly well. Many people noted a sore arm at the injection site following both vaccines, while a few had minor reactions to the first injection. Following the second injection, the vast majority of employees had little or no side effects. By all accounts, the vaccinations have gone very well.

Please wear a short sleeve or sleeveless shirt as the vaccine is injected into the upper arm. If you have a fever of 100 degrees on the day of your vaccine, please reschedule. Participants are required to wear a mask in the Health Center. More than 50 parking spaces close to Entrance C are reserved for the vaccine clinic. Please take advantage of these spaces.

We have been inundated with many phone calls from community members seeking the vaccine. We certainly understand people are eager to receive this and begin to feel safer. I ask that everyone try to be patient as we are committed to providing vaccines to anyone who wants one. We are told that eventually, physician offices will be able to order a supply of the vaccine, but until then, we will host large-scale clinics in our education center.

I encourage you to continue to watch the media, check our website, or our social media sites for announcements of future clinics.

Stay Healthy,

Jerry Esker
SBL President & CEO

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