COVID-19 Vaccine information | Decatur, IL | Macon County

Vaccination rates, where to get vaccinated, is the vaccine safe? etc etc

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Last updated Aug 5th, 2021 by Reed Sutman See all COVID information

See our main covid page for more info.

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:

Questions, concerns, more information

Wondering about the safety of the vaccine? The necessity? Questions about variant strains?

Vaccination Rate

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

Message me on Facebook @LoveDecatur or on Twitter @LoveDecaturIL. I'm more responsive on Facebook.

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.