CHICAGO (CBS) — The variety of COVID pictures goes down.
The variety of every day doses is dropping. The state is now averaging about 92,000 doses a day in Illinois. That’s down 22% from simply final week.
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What does that imply for native well being departments, who’ve been working tirelessly to get pictures in arms for months?
CBS 2’s Meredith Barack studies from the Lake County Fairgrounds, the place they’re asking to obtain fewer doses from the state. As a result of the Lake County Well being Division had 1,000 unfilled appointments on the fairgrounds.
That doesn’t imply that many doses will go to waste, however fairly the well being division goes to be scaling again on what number of doses it’s requesting.
“A number of weeks in the past, you would not get an appointment. We have been utterly booked, stated Patti Corn. She the Emergency Response Coordinator for the Lake County Well being Division.
Right now? Loads of availability.
“This has truly been a really easy course of. It’s actually arrange like a manufacturing unit in right here, so every thing’s been going nice,” stated Nicholas Vlies, who was there getting his second shot.
Regardless of the dearth of crowds, the Lake County Well being Division stated it’s vaccinating 2,000 individuals a day on the fairgrounds. However it has the capability to vaccinate many, many extra.
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“It’s just a little disappointing as a result of there are such a lot of extra those who have to be vaccinated or needs to be vaccinated,” Corn stated. “And to have empty appointments and to have the workers right here and to have the vaccine out there, we’d actually wish to fill these slots.”
The empty slots have resulted in a primary for the well being division.
“We’d get to Mondays the place we’d solely have one to 2 vials. We acquired right down to nearly zero so we’d watch for that subsequent cargo to come back,” Corn stated. “So now I believe that is the primary week we even have vaccines sitting within the fridge from one week to the following.”
Two weeks in the past, the well being division acquired 15,000 first doses. Final week, it was 34,000. This week, 47,000 first doses have been delivered, forcing them to request fewer doses from the state for the primary time.
“We’re utilizing what we’ve got available,” Corn stated. “So we’ve got months to make use of that however we attempt to flip over our stock weekly.”
With walk-in availability starting Saturday, Corn is hopeful the convenience of simply displaying up will encourage extra individuals to get their shot.
“Whether or not your registered via AllVax or not, you possibly can come on in Saturday afternoon, somebody will get you registered in AllVax, set your appointment and you may be instantly vaccinated,” Corn stated.
The Lake County Well being Division additionally has a name heart that’s reaching out to seniors, and different residents who haven’t been again for his or her second dose to get them scheduled.
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