Vaccination clinics–the best weapon to defeat the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic–continue through the Montgomery County Health Department.
Pre-registration is required. To register, find links on the health department website montgomeryco.com/health or on the health department’s Facebook page. Those who would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and need help with online registration should call the health department at 217-532-2001 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
“We need and want to increase Montgomery County’s vaccinated numbers,” the health department posted on their website. “We are still in a fight against COVID-19 even though some of our normal has returned. Vaccination is key to maintaining the ground we have gained against the virus. If you would like to receive the Pfizer or Johnson and Johnson vaccine, please keep a close eye on our webpage or Facebook page. We do not receive those vaccines very often and when we do it is in much smaller quantities, so the clinics may fill up quickly.”
As of Wednesday, April 28, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 25.9 percent of Montgomery County residents fully vaccinated, and 30.61 percent of the state’s population fully vaccinated.
The health department reported nine new cases in Montgomery County the first three days of this week: two on Sunday, four on Monday and five on Tuesday for a total of 2,894 since the pandemic began.
Free weekend rapid testing through the health department continues on Saturdays and Sundays through June at Litchfield Family Practice from 1-3 p.m. or until 40 tests have been completed. Testing is done either in a drive-through format or walk-in clinic, dependent upon the weather, and is first come, first served.
“We encourage those who attend parties or who attend any other type of gathering to get tested,” according to the health department. “A person does not have to be symptomatic to spread the virus. Testing can help stop the spread. Our Saturday testing clinics may be used for this purpose.”