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OSF St. Francis to store 5,850 doses of COVID-19 vaccine for Region 2

PEORIA (WEEK) -- Illinois is getting ready to receive its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines, and now we know how many will come to central Illinois.

Once the FDA approves a vaccine, IDPH expects to receive 109,000 initial doses of vaccine.

Of those, 86,000 doses will go downstate.

Fifty counties with the highest death rates per capita are on the list to receive those vaccines first.

OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria will serve as one of ten downstate Regional Hospital Coordinating Centers.

That facility will get 5,850 doses from that initial shipment, which is about 6.8% of the total downstate share.

OSF will be responsible for distributing their share of vaccine to the five counties in Region 2 that IDPH has listed as being in the top 50 with the highest death rates per capita.

Those counties are Mason (#5 of 50, with 24 total deaths), Bureau (#16, 55 total deaths), LaSalle (#20, 149 deaths), Knox (#26, 48 deaths), Tazewell (#48, 109 deaths), and Stark (#50, 4 deaths).

Again, the list of 50 counties is based off of deaths per capita.

At Friday's daily COVID-19 briefing, IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said the exact number of vaccines Illinois receives could change in the coming weeks.

The first group to receive COVID-19 vaccines will the healthcare workers in those 50 counties, followed by long-term care facility residents.

However, the 109,000 doses of vaccine that Illinois is set receive will be enough for just 16% of Illinois 654,598 frontline healthcare workers.

Sheridan Swathwood

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