Knox County COVID and Vaccine Update

Knox County, IL- The Knox County Unified Command is announcing 122 new cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), between Monday, October 25, 2021, and Sunday, October 31, 2021. According to IDPH the total positive cases in Knox County is 7,474. Due to federal privacy restriction, release of any additional information is prohibited.

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available, registration links can be found at www.knoxcountyhealth.org. Unified Command Vaccine Center Clinics planned are as follows: · Thursday, November 4th at the Unified Command Vaccine Center 8:30am-10:30am Moderna, Pfizer & Janssen (12 years of age and up) · Tuesday, November 9th Walk-in Booster Clinic at the Unified Command Vaccine Center 7:00am-11:30am Moderna, Pfizer & Janssen (12 years of age and up) · Tuesday, November 9th at the Unified Command Vaccine Center 1:30pm-3:30pm Moderna, Pfizer & Janssen (12 years of age and up) According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Knox County has administered 54,524 COVID-19 vaccines and 25,991 county residents have been fully vaccinated. This makes up 51.87% of our population fully vaccinated. Third dose vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer) are being administered to those who self-attest to being immune-compromised and those on immunosuppressant therapy at ALL Knox County Unified Vaccine Clinics and events. Third dose vaccines must be given at least 28 days after the second dose. The additional vaccine dose should be the same as the initial two-dose vaccine Moderna and Pfizer Booster vaccines are available to qualified individuals who received their primary series at least 6 months ago. The CDC recommends:

  1. people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings.

  2. people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions

Additionally, CDC recommends the following groups may be considered for boosters.

  1. people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions and

  2. people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting.

People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting a booster dose is appropriate for them. Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) Booster vaccines are available to persons aged 18 years and older, who received their vaccine 2 months ago, under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization. Credible sources for information about COVID-19 include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov and Illinois Department of Public Health www.dph.illinois.gov. For general questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931, email dph.sick@illinois.gov or call your Knox County Health Department at 309-344-2224 or email covid19@knoxcountyhealth.org.

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