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McLean County Health Department to begin Pfizer-BioNTech booster scheduling Tuesday

McLEAN COUNTY (WEEK) -- The McLean County Health Department will begin scheduling booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine starting Tuesday, September 28.

This will be for certain populations according to CDC recommendations, adopted by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

  • people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
  • people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

Others are not being advised to get boosters, and there is no guidance for boosters of Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine at this time. The CDC recommends that booster doses match the original mRNA vaccines people received earlier this year.

The county health department is holding the following COVID-19 vaccine clinics at Grossinger Motors Arena:

  • Thursday, 9/30 from 10am-3pm
  • Thursday, 10/7 from 10am-3pm

Walk-ins for mass vaccination clinics are welcome, but pre-registration is strongly recommended if you require or prefer a specific type of vaccine to ensure its availability during your time slot. You may pre-register by going online at https://health.mcleancountyil.gov/790/COVID-19-Vaccine or by calling the MCHD COVID-19 Call Center Mon-Fri 9am-4pm at (309) 888-5600.

The Mclean County Health Department is reporting 124 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, bringing the total of probable and confirmed to 21,976 -- breaking down to 56 on Friday, 30 on Saturday and 38 on Sunday.

385 people are isolating at home. 21,308 have been released from isolation and are considered recovered.

The health department said 92% of ICU beds are in use while 96% of all hospital beds are in use. The total number of people hospitalized in McLean County hospitals for COVID-19 is 30. 26 McLean County residents are reportedly in the hospital with COVID-19, not necessarily in McLean County.

There is one additional death in the county -- a man in his 60s not associated with long-term care -- bringing the total up to 257.

According to the CDC Data Tracker McLean County is currently experiencing high community transmission based on the 7-day moving average of new cases per 100,000 (228.55 per 100,000) of COVID-19 (data as Saturday, September 25). 

Approximately 185,645 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in McLean County and 53.95% of the population are fully vaccinated. 55.06% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated. The IDPH has created a dashboard on their website to track vaccine delivered and administered in the state: https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccinedata?county=McLean.

Fully vaccinated residents by age category are as follows:

Age 12-17 = 55.87%

Age 18-64 = 58.14%

Age 65+ = 89.83%

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