ULLIN – Southern Seven Health Department (S7HD) is announcing it will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic exclusively providing the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccination on Tuesday, March 16th, at Shawnee Community College in Ullin. The vaccines will be provided by appointment only to Illinois residents and/or individuals with proof of employment in Illinois. People must also fall into the 1B or 1B+ priority groups to receive an appointment.
People can schedule themselves for these vaccine appointments using the Illinois Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Registration system online at https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/vaccination-location.
“We have heard from quite a few people in our region who would prefer to get Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID vaccine,” said Nathan Ryder, Outreach Coordinator for Southern Seven’s Contact Tracing Team. “This single shot COVID vaccination is another great tool to help get our region fully vaccinated by this summer.”
When visiting the online scheduling system, you will have to answer a short questionnaire that will let you know if you’re eligible to continue scheduling an appointment. If approved for an appointment you will then be able to select the “3/16 – Southern Seven – Johnson and Johnson Vaccine 1 dose option at Shawnee Community College” vaccine clinic location to see what appointment times might be available for you to schedule. While you don’t have to be a resident of the S7HD region to schedule a clinic at one of our mass vaccination sites, you do have to provide proof that you live or work in Illinois to get a vaccine. At this time, out-of-state residents are not eligible to be vaccinated in Illinois.
With the opening of the state’s online scheduling system, S7HD will also begin scheduling individuals who qualify under Phase 1B+ in the Illinois COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. Individuals in Phase 1B+ include people 18-64 years of age with specific health-complicating conditions. These health conditions include the following:
- Pulmonary Diseases
- Heart Conditions
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Solid Organ Transplant
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Persons with a Disability (Not otherwise covered in previous categories)
Currently S7HD is operating two mass vaccination locations in the region each day, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There is no charge for receiving a COVID-19 vaccine from S7HD. However, some other providers may charge an administrative fee for the injection. If you have health insurance, the vaccine provider will bill your insurance company for this administrative fee. If you are uninsured, you will not be charged for the administrative fee.
S7HD covers Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, and Union counties.
SIH Healthcare has also established a regional call center to assist individuals who may have difficulty scheduling themselves online for a COVID-19 vaccine. Their call center may be reached by dialing (866) 744-2468, Monday thru Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For questions regarding COVID-19, contact Southern Seven Health Department at 618-634-2297 or visit them on Facebook and online at www.southern7.org.