La Salle County expands vaccine availability to those 16 and older

Agency taking appointments for clinic planned Friday, April 23

The La Salle County Health Department is expanding its clinic availability to include residents in Phase 2, which focuses on ensuring access to vaccine for all populations 16 and older.

Appointments are available for those individuals who qualify as Phase 1A, Phase 1B (65 years and older and frontline essential workers) and Phase 1B+ (16-64 years of age with underlying medical conditions).

As the vaccine will be available for all ages 16 and above, the health department has transitioned away from utilizing the “COVID Vaccine Notification Sign-up List” started in early January. 

Information regarding upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics and appointment availability will be posted on the health department’s website. Go to www.lasallecounty.org and click on the “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” icon. There you will find links to schedule an appointment at an upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinic. Continue to check the website regularly for appointment availability. Additional dates will be added as more vaccine become available.

To meet the demand of expanded eligibility, the health department is planning a large clinic on Friday, April 23, at Illinois Valley Community College from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Appointments are available and able to be scheduled for this clinic.

To schedule an appointment for a Pfizer dose Friday, April 23, go to https://events.juvare.com/IL-IDPH/8992d086-90df-4e76-a53b-9bab46e788d3/

To schedule an appointment for a Moderna dose Friday, April 23, go to https://events.juvare.com/IL-IDPH/1f88a51c-3b06-4ecf-a97c-8d0de4bb9017/

Appointment availability is only for those scheduling their first dose. If you received your first dose elsewhere, the health department will not be able to complete your second dose at this time.

All second dose appointments will be scheduled upon attending your first dose appointment. Anyone 18 or younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be at Illinois Valley Community College unless otherwise noted

In addition, pharmacies in La Salle County are receiving COVID-19 vaccine shipments directly from IDPH. Visit their websites for appointment availability:

Also, the Illinois Department of Public Health launched the Vaccine Appointment Call Center to assist people who do not have access to or who have difficulty navigating online services in making appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Eligible Illinoisans can now call 833-621-1284 to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in your area.

For additional information, contact the La Salle County Health Department at 815-433-3366 or visit the Health Department’s website at www.lasallecounty.org.

Derek Barichello

Derek is a Streator High and University of Illinois graduate. He worked at the Albany-Herald in Albany, Ga., and for Sauk Valley Media in Sterling, before returning to his hometown paper. He's now news editor for both the NewsTribune and The Times.