More than 2,600 vaccine doses administered in DeKalb County so far, according to new data from state health department

More than 2,600 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered so far throughout DeKalb County, according to new information released by the Illinois Department of Public Health Tuesday.

The state health department’s new addition of an online vaccine distribution portal shows vaccine allotments and distribution totals county by county, in an effort to track Illinois’’ vaccine mass distribution channels.

According to the new data, 2,602 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered so far in DeKalb County, most of them first doses.

The data shows that 433, or 0.42% people in DeKalb County – with a population of 104,143 according to IDPH – are fully vaccinated so far, meaning they’ve received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines required two doses, administered 21 days a part. DeKalb County’s vaccine allotment so far includes just the Moderna vaccine, according to the DeKalb County Health Department.

Though the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine made its way to DeKalb County Dec. 30, according to the DeKalb County Health Department, and into healthcare workers arms at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee and Valley West hospitals in DeKalb and Sandwich, state data shows some vaccine was administered to local residents as early as Dec. 16, though those residents received their doses outside of the county. On that date, according to the state data, 61 vaccines were administered.

That doesn’t mean the county received any vaccine shipments earlier, however.

In the same way COVID-19 testing and case data is tracked across the state, the IDPH’s vaccine data is based on residential address, said Lisa Gonzalez, public health administrator for the DeKalb County Health Department. The number of DeKalb County residents who’ve received the vaccine already (reported by the state health department) is separate from the number of vaccine doses delivered to local county health departments to distribute to local residents (reported by the DeKalb County Health Department.)

For instance, if someone lives in DeKalb County but received a vaccine outside of the county if they work in a neighboring county, their dose data will count towards the vaccinated population number reported by the IDPH website. That number won’t count, however, in the number of vaccine doses delivered to the DeKalb County Health Department Dec. 30.

The state vaccine data lists percentage of each county’s population that’s been fully vaccinated so far, including how many doses were administered relevant to population size.

As of Tuesday, Jan. 12, Knox County in west central Illinois has the highest percentage of their population fully vaccinated so far, at 1.14%, or 569 people out of the county’s 50,112 according to the IDPH. Winnebago County comes second, with 1.08% of its population, or 3,058 people fully vaccinated so far out of 284,463.

Clark County in east central Illinois, by contrast, has fully vaccinated 0% of its population size, and according to IDPH has received as of Jan. 12 only 201 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, with 0 people fully vaccinated out of a population size of 15,596.

Cook County, not including Chicago, along with the city of Chicago individually, has vaccinated the most number of people so far: Cook County, not including Chicago, has fully vaccinated 13,818 so far out of a population size of 2,474,499. In the city of Chicago, with a population size of 2,705,994, there are 13,799 people who are fully vaccinated so far.

In total, the state of Illinois has received so far 869,625 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, and administered 353,791 of them. Long-term care facilities across Illinois have received 231,475 doses of vaccine, and administered 41,075 of them as of Tuesday.

Long-term care vaccine information, administered trough a federal Pharmacy Partnership Program with CVS and Walgreens, is expected to be updated on the IDPH website every two weeks, while state vaccine data will be updated regularly.

Vaccine allocation throughout the state of Illinois is being distributed county by county based on mortality rates in each county and population size, along with “community vulnerability” data such as socioeconomic status of populations, household composition disability factors, housing type, epidemiological factors and healthcare system factors, according to the state health department.

Kelsey Rettke

Kelsey Rettke is the editor of the Daily Chronicle, part of Shaw Media and DeKalb County's only daily newspaper devoted to local news, crime and courts, government, business, sports and community coverage. Kelsey also covers breaking news for Shaw Media Local News Network.