Friday, January 29, 2021 Volume 1, Issue 48
(630) 682-7400 www.dupagehealth.org
DuPage County Begins Transition to
Phase 1b
As of Jan. 29, 2021, approximately 65,102 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered to DuPage County residents, and 1.94%, or 17,989 individuals, have been fully vaccinated. This represents over 15,000 doses administered in the past week. This week, DuPage County began its transition to vaccinate individuals in Phase 1b with some local providers vaccinating their eligible patients or clients.

Although a much more robust COVID-19 vaccine supply is needed to allocate to all of our vaccine partners and open appointments, the County has moved into the next priority group for vaccinations. Currently, DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) is receiving and distributing an average of 14,000 vaccines per week.

Still, DCHD is expanding the number of providers who are receiving vaccine each week. Since December, the number of sites receiving vaccine in DuPage County has increased from 8 to 42. Many of these providers are already vaccinating their healthcare personnel employees and patients. 

As we move into Phase 1b, these sites will begin to vaccinate those in 1b and will be communicating and opening appointments based on the vaccine supply. Additionally, a limited number of retail pharmacies like Jewel-Osco, Mariano’s, and Walgreens have opened appointments to individuals in the 1b group. The DCHD COVID-19 vaccine clinics continue to vaccinate between 1,500 – 2,000 individuals per week.

“We, too, are anxious to vaccinate all of our residents who are now eligible to receive the vaccine. But as vaccine supply remains severely limited, we continue to ask residents for their understanding. Our staff continue working to expand vaccine capacity throughout the county while supporting ongoing vaccine efforts. At this time, we can only administer the vaccine that is available to us each week through both the Health Department and our network of partner providers in the community,” said Karen Ayala, Executive Director of DuPage County Health Department. “Once vaccine supply increases, we are confident that the network of providers that we have built will get this life-saving vaccine administered as quickly and efficiently as possible.” 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Every week, the DuPage County Health Department will be sharing the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the coronavirus pandemic to help educate and inform county residents. For a list of additional FAQ, visit COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions.

Currently can anyone in Phase 1b sign up at any site, or is availability limited to specific groups within 1b?
Anyone eligible in the 1b group will be able to schedule appointments as vaccine supply increases. The state has not released guidelines for prioritizing within 1b. We encourage people to register for updates about when and where COVID-19 vaccine will be available at www.dupagehealth.org/covid19vaccine. However, if opportunities to register become available through pharmacies, healthcare providers, or medical groups, people should also register there and get vaccinated at the first opportunity available. Many providers will be administering vaccine in the coming weeks and months as vaccine supply increases. 

Do you have to live or work in DuPage to receive a vaccine in DuPage? 
As the vaccine supply provided by the State of Illinois/IDPH is allocated based on county jurisdiction, DCHD is further prioritizing its administration of vaccine for individuals who live or work in DuPage County. 

When will the mass vaccination site at the Fairgrounds open?
Next month, DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) will be moving and expanding the current COVID-19 vaccination clinic, operated at the health department building in Wheaton, to the DuPage County Fairgrounds. The vaccination clinic will be by appointment only, scheduled in advance. No walk-up appointments will be available.

As a reminder, this will be one of the many sites in DuPage County that eligible individuals will be able to access to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. DCHD has a decentralized, community-based vaccine allocation for our County that has over 80 locations for residents to access the vaccine. For more information, visit www.dupagehealth.org/covid19vaccine.
Our Best Shot Against COVID-19 (Video)
COVID-19 Vaccine in DuPage County (Flyer)
DuPage County COVID-19
Vaccine Information Available on Website
The DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) has a COVID-19 Vaccine webpage for the public to stay informed on the latest information regarding vaccine planning in DuPage County. As more information becomes available, DCHD will share updates on its website and social media channels.

To view the COVID-19 Vaccine page, visit www.dupagehealth.org/covid19vaccine.

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Illinois Department of Public Health
COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Data
COVID-19 vaccination data by county is now available through the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) website. Data include the number of doses administered, the vaccination rate per population, and what percent of the population is fully vaccinated. It is important to note that vaccine distribution figures are reported in real-time, while vaccine administration figures are reported with as much as a 72-hour lag. 
COVID-19 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
DuPage County COVID-19 Testing Sites
The DuPage County Health Department offers a community-based drive-thru testing site to residents. Anyone can be tested, and no appointment, doctor referral, or insurance is required. Visitors are encouraged to pre-register at testdirectly.com. Please note: Pre-registration does not guarantee testing or a place in line for that day.

For more information about COVID-19 testing in DuPage County, visit www.dupagehealth.org/covid19testing.


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Testing Site Locations in DuPage County
The DuPage County Health Department reminds residents that there are various COVID-19 testing locations throughout DuPage County. For a list of testing locations near you including CVS and Physicians Immediate Care, visit the IDPH Testing webpage.

Additionally, Walgreens also offers COVID-19 testing.
Pillars Community Health
COVID-19 Testing in Willowbrook
Pillars Community Health offers drive-up testing for COVID-19 across the street from Burr Ridge Middle School in Burr Ridge.

Testing is restricted to people who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or who have had a close contact with a confirmed exposure. Limited tests available; an appointment IS REQUIRED: Call
708-PILLARS (708-745-5277) and follow the prompts.

VNA Health Care COVID-19 Testing
VNA Health Care offers COVID-19 testing by appointment only to new and existing patients with or without symptoms. 

Community mobile testing clinics are also available in Bensenville and West Chicago through VNA Health Care.

VNA Mobile Clinic at St. Alexis Catholic Church
400 W Wood Ave, Bensenville, IL, 60106

VNA Mobile Clinic at St. Andrew's Church
155 N Prince Crossing Rd, West Chicago, IL, 60185

To schedule an appointment, call (630) 892-4355 or (847) 717-6455.

For more information or to view a list of additional VNA locations, visit www.vnahealth.com/covid-19-testing.
Illinois COVID-19 Hotline and Email Address
If you have questions about Coronavirus - Call the Illinois Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Hotline:

1 (800) 889-3931 or, send an email to: dph.sick@illinois.gov

Both are available anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Friday, January 29, 2021 Volume 1, Issue 48
(630) 682-7400 www.dupagehealth.org