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Madison County reflects on vaccination successes

WOOD RIVER — Madison County Health Department says it COVID-19 response has yielded impressive numbers related to vaccination.

Since Dec. 31, 2020, the department has conducted COVID-19 vaccination clinics throughout Madison County as well as maintained a Mass Vaccination Site which ended on Saturday, July 3.  The community mobile clinics will continue at least through July.

At this point, MCHD has begun to reflect on the vaccination process thus far and offers the community a look at some of the key numbers that helped to make these vaccination clinics possible over the past six months.

The following clinic data is only for the vaccination clinics open to the public that were conducted by the Madison County Health Department during the period of Dec. 31, 2020-July 6, 2021.

This clinic specific data does not include: closed vaccination clinic sites; vaccines given by hospitals, providers, or community partners in Madison County; residents vaccinated elsewhere; vaccine given at long-term care facilities; or vaccine given at pharmacies or medical offices.

The data is intended to highlight the functioning of the Madison County Mass Vaccination Site and the community and school vaccination sites to date.  All data is provisional and subject to change.

MCHD VACCINATION CLINICS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

·         First vaccination clinic was held as a drive-through clinic on December 31, 2020 at the Madison County Wood River Facility in Wood River.

·         Mass Vaccination Site at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville began operation on January 14, 2021.

·         First community vaccination site began at Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey on January 26, 2021.

·         Illinois National Guard began active support to the clinic operations on February 23, 2021.  They supported both the Mass Vaccination Site and the community and school vaccination clinics.

·         First school vaccination site was held at Long Elementary School in the Madison School District on May 15, 2021.

STAFFING THE VACCINATION SITES

·         Total staff at vaccine sites included:

o    64 Illinois National Guard members

o      5 MVAT Teams (12 per team)

o      1 CVAT Team (18 per team)

o     35 Madison County Health Department employees

o   124 Madison County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Volunteers

VACCINATION SITES – By The Numbers

·         222 MCHD vaccination clinics open to the public were conducted during December 31, 2020-July 3, 2021 at 25 sites in Madison County

·         106 of these were held at the Mass Vaccination Site at Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville with Illinois National Guard support at 97 of the 106 clinics

CAPACITY AT TWO MCHD VACCINATION SITES – December 31, 2020-July 3, 2021

·         Throughput is the term used to describe the maximum capacity for a clinic operation dependent upon space, staffing, and supplies.  The following are the maximum capacity throughput numbers for the two main MCHD vaccination sites at the height of the vaccination phase of the global pandemic response.

o   3,015 = Maximum capacity daily throughput at Gateway Convention Center

o   1,350 = Maximum capacity daily throughput at Lewis and Clark Community College

VACCINES GIVEN AT MCHD VACCINATION SITES – December 31, 2020-July 3, 2021

·         114,796 vaccines have been given at MCHD Vaccination Clinics open to the public

o   90,730 vaccinations given at Gateway Convention Center Mass Vax Site

o   10,983 vaccinations given at Lewis & Clark Community College Vax Site

TOTAL VACCINES GIVEN IN MADISON COUNTY – December 18, 2020-July 6, 2021

·         218,616 vaccines given in Madison County

o   Data retrieved on 7/6/2021 from Illinois Department of Public Health Vaccine Data site  https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccinedata?county=Madison

MADISON COUNTY VACCINATION RATES – as of July 6, 2021

·         111,463 Madison County residents are fully vaccinated

·         42.15% of Madison County residents are fully vaccinated

o   Data retrieved on 7/6/2021 from Illinois Department of Public Health Vaccine Data site  https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccinedata?county=Madison

“We are proud of the collective efforts of Madison County Health Department, Madison County Medical Reserve Corps, the Illinois National Guard, and our community partners to make this tremendous undertaking possible for the residents of Madison County to help ensure their safety during this global pandemic response,” said Toni Corona, director public health, Madison County Health Department.

Madison County Health Department continues to offer vaccine clinics at various locations throughout the county through July at various community and school locations. Stay tuned to the website www.madisonchd.org, COVID-19 Response Hub https://coronavirus-vaccine-outreach-madcoil.hub.arcgis.com/pages/covid-19-vaccine-appointment-scheduler, and the MCHD social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for vaccine clinic dates, times, and locations and to schedule an appointment.

FILE PHOTO: Vaccination at Lewis and Clark College in Godfrey.

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