COVID-19 Vaccine information | Decatur, IL | Macon County
Vaccination rates, where to get vaccinated, is the vaccine safe? etc etc
Last updated Aug 5th, 2021 by Reed Sutman See all COVID information
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Notice: This is an old page, which needs redesigned & updated. I'm working on it.
Where should I get vaccinated?
Most stores, pharmacies, and several popup clinics throughout town are providing testing & vaccinations. Off the top of my head, I remember:
- Vaccines are free.
- Kroger has walk-in vaccinations during certain hours
- CVS & Walgreens can be scheduled.
- Crossing Healthcare has free vaccines, REALLY easy to schedule online.
- Macon County Health Department routinely holds vaccination clinics or you can call 217-423-6988 ext 1100 to schedule one
Questions, concerns, more information
Wondering about the safety of the vaccine? The necessity? Questions about variant strains?
- Call the 24/7 state hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV. src
- Contact your primary care physician (your doctor or nurse practitioner or whatever)
- If you do not have a primary physician, please look into health care resources & find one. Your health is important and people love you. If you cannot afford or access healthcare, that really sucks & I wish you luck.
- Covid data.
- Vaccinations for young people. "Currently, the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for individuals aged 12 years and older is the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine"
- CDC Frequently Asked Questions
- The cdc has provided recommendations for COVID-19 vaccination providers to handle allergic reactions
- What masks to wear & how to wear them properly
According to 2019 census data, 22% of our population is under 18. 6.2% is under 5. So maybe around 12% is under 12 years old and not elligible for the vaccine.
Illinois Department of Public Health reports on July 29, 2021:
- A population of 104,712 for Macon County
- 40,707 people fully vaccinated
- 38.88% of population fully vaccinated
Statewide COVID information
Illinois Department of Public Health reports on July 26, 2021:
- 593 vaccinated people were hospitalized
- 159 vaccinated people died due to COVID complications.
- 2.3% of COVID deaths since January 1, 2021 are among vaccinated individuals
- 104,643 unusable vaccine doses. (what a waste!!)
I have feedback, questions, concerns, suggestions
I want to get other people vaccinated
- Work within your circle. Ask people close to you if they're vaccinated, what their concerns are, and what would convince them to get the vaccine. Be patient, be understanding, be kind. People's concerns are valid. Its your job to work with them, from where they are, because you want them to be safe and alive and informed.
- Contact the health department and ask if there's anything you can do to help. Maybe they have literature you can distribute or something.
- Develop your own literature (being mindful of your lack of medical expertise or proper authority on this issue) & distribute it.
- Talk to random people about it. Don't push too hard. Respect people's boundaries.
- Contact local officials (city council, health department) & ask what is being done & advocate for more direct community engagement.