Vaccines by ZIP code: Officials urge residents to become vaccinated

Lee, Ogle counties reach ‘substantial’ risk level for COVID-19, recommend universal masking

Health officials are continuing to urge community members to become vaccinated as demand has slowed and coronavirus cases are on the rise.

“Originally when we were having mass vaccination clinics, people were banging down the door to get vaccines,” said Lee County Health Department Administrator Cathy Ferguson-Allen. “Then, it was like someone flipped a switch, and we couldn’t fill the clinics or get people to come in.”

The department then started doing walk-in clinics, and Ferguson-Allen said they’re seeing a bit of an uptick, maybe because the new school year is approaching.

“It’s pretty slow-going,” she said. “We’re seeing a little bit of a pick-up, but we’d like to see a lot more.”

In June and July, 90.2% of new coronavirus cases in Lee County were unvaccinated individuals, and Ferguson-Allen said the number of young people being vaccinated is “not nearly enough,” especially with school starting soon.

Lee and Ogle counties were recently upgraded from moderate COVID-19 transmission risk to substantial, and both health departments are following the latest health guidelines and recommending all people wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.

“The pandemic is not over, and we must continue to be vigilant in our individual behaviors and our collective behaviors as a community,” Ferguson-Allen said.

Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance recommending universal masking in counties at substantial or high risk, as well as at all K-12 schools.

“OCHD recommends that employers, retailers, restaurants, bars, fitness/recreational centers, libraries, governmental entities, healthcare facilities and other public venues require universal indoor masking of their staff and patrons regardless of vaccination status,” Ogle health Administrator Kyle Auman said.

Whiteside County is still in the moderate category, but it’s only a matter of time before that changes, said Cory Law, emergency response coordinator for the Whiteside County Health Department.

“Getting vaccinated is of vital importance,” Law said. “Not only does it help prevent someone from contracting the virus, it helps prevent spread and further mutations of the virus. A great way to prevent another variant is not contracting COVID-19 by getting vaccinated.”

Whiteside County is also seeing a slowdown in vaccine demand, but people are coming in regularly for doses, he said.

The department is also finding success in its mobile vaccination unit, so it can bring vaccines to community events and make access as easy as possible.

Whiteside County has administered 46,786 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 23,768 people (42.73%) fully vaccinated. Lee County has had 31,465 doses, with 15,982 people (46.7%) fully vaccinated. Carroll County has administered 9,957 vaccine doses, with 5,265 people (36.79%) fully vaccinated. Ogle County has had 44,267 doses, with 22,092 people (43.38%) fully vaccinated.

Want to see how many people are vaccinated in your community? Shaw Media recently received vaccine data for all ZIP codes across the state through a Freedom of Information Act request to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

See the maps and listing below for local data.

Whiteside County

Sterling

61081

Fully vaccinated - 10,653

First dose - 11,411

Rock Falls

61071

Fully vaccinated - 6,110

First dose - 6,599

Morrison

61270

Fully vaccinated - 2,940

First dose - 3,146

Fulton

61252

Fully vaccinated - 1,013

First dose - 1,077

Prophetstown

61277

Fully vaccinated - 1,399

First dose - 1,470

Erie

61250

Fully vaccinated - 912

First dose - 965

Tampico

61283

Fully vaccinated - 461

First dose - 513

Albany

61230

Fully vaccinated - 246

First dose - 270

Lyndon

61261

Fully vaccinated - 319

First dose - 338

Fenton

61251

Fully vaccinated - 129

First dose - 137

Deer Grove

61243

Fully vaccinated - 87

First dose - 92

Galt

61037

Fully vaccinated - 48

First dose - 54

Lee County

Dixon

61021

Fully vaccinated - 11,053

First dose - 11,877

Amboy

61310

Fully vaccinated - 1,554

First dose - 1,681

Ashton

61006

Fully vaccinated - 609

First dose - 666

Franklin Grove

61031

Fully vaccinated - 620

First dose - 657

Paw Paw

61353

Fully vaccinated - 509

First dose - 543

Sublette

61367

Fully vaccinated - 348

First dose - 393

Steward

60553

Fully vaccinated - 278

First dose - 308

Compton

61318

Fully vaccinated - 253

First dose - 280

Lee

60530

Fully vaccinated - 269

First dose - 298

Harmon

61042

Fully vaccinated - 196

First dose - 213

West Brooklyn

61378

Fully vaccinated - 210

First dose - 221

Nachusa

61057

Fully vaccinated - 29

First dose - 30

Eldena

61324

Fully vaccinated - 48

First dose - 51

Lee Center

61331

Fully vaccinated - 12

First dose - 13

Ogle County

Rochelle

61068

Fully vaccinated - 5,928

First dose - 6,810

Byron

61010

Fully vaccinated - 3,419

First dose - 3,694

Oregon

61061

Fully vaccinated - 3,295

First dose - 3,546

Mount Morris

61054

Fully vaccinated - 1,561

First dose - 1,703

Polo

61064

Fully vaccinated - 1,536

First dose - 1,648

Stillman Valley

61084

Fully vaccinated - 1,333

First dose - 1,449

Davis Junction

61020

Fully vaccinated - 1,165

First dose - 1,282

Forreston

61030

Fully vaccinated - 805

First dose - 865

Leaf River

61047

Fully vaccinated - 641

First dose - 695

Monroe Center

61052

Fully vaccinated - 413

First dose - 443

Chana

61015

Fully vaccinated - 350

First dose - 374

Lindenwood

61049

Fully vaccinated - 212

First dose - 230

Baileyville

61007

Fully vaccinated - 209

First dose - 220

Creston

60113

Fully vaccinated - 206

First dose - 225

Holcomb

61043

Fully vaccinated - 55

First dose - 56

Woosung

61091

Fully vaccinated - 25

First dose - 28

Carroll County

Savanna

61074

Fully vaccinated - 1,230

First dose - 1,292

Mount Carroll

61053

Fully vaccinated - 1,026

First dose - 1,094

Lanark

61046

Fully vaccinated - 1,240

First dose - 1,287

Thomson

61285

Fully vaccinated - 377

First dose - 399

Milledgeville

61051

Fully vaccinated - 646

First dose - 679

Shannon

61078

Fully vaccinated - 467

First dose - 497

Chadwick

61014

Fully vaccinated - 420

First dose - 441

*data as of July 18 from the Illinois Department of Public Health

Rachel Rodgers

Rachel Rodgers

Rachel Rodgers joined Sauk Valley Media in 2016 covering local government in Dixon and Lee County.