GALESBURG – With vaccine suppliers given the green light this week to start administering COVID-19 vaccines to children aged 5 to 11, the supply of doses for children will not meet demand at first.
Availability is very limited locally as drugstore chains and healthcare providers roll out their plans to administer it.
Only the Pfizer vaccine is currently approved for use in young people.
The Pfizer vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 is not yet offered at Knox County Unified Command immunization clinics, according to a spokesperson for the Knox County Health Department.
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An OSF HealthCare spokesperson said that the CDC’s approval of Pfizer’s two-dose COVID-19 vaccine for administration to children aged 5 to 11 has the potential to have a major positive impact, not only for the health and safety of children, but also for the pandemic as a whole.
OSF is working to implement the process of delivering low dose vaccines to children aged 5 to 11, both in its OSF medical group clinics and in the community at large, with details to be announced soon and appointments will be available at www.osfhealthcare. org.
“We continue to meet with our local health departments and regional superintendents on other community immunization efforts for partnership and collaboration,” the spokesperson said. “At OSF HealthCare, we encourage our patients and their families to receive a dose wherever they can, and not to delay if they can get the correct dose of vaccine.”
A spokesperson for Cottage Hospital said pediatric COVID-19 vaccinations are offered to current Cottage pediatric patients by appointment only. It is recommended that all others get the vaccine from the health department or retail pharmacies.
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Walgreens will begin administering Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5 to 11 in thousands of stores nationwide starting this weekend.
Only Walgreens locations offering Pfizer vaccines will be able to deliver the vaccine to children aged 5 to 11. A search of Walgreens locations currently shows Peoria to be the closest with availability for children.
Some Hy-Vee pharmacies are now administering Pfizer pediatric vaccines to children aged 5 to 11, the company said on Wednesday, but it was not yet offered locally.
In the coming days, Walmart pharmacies will begin administering the Pfizer vaccine to eligible children at more than 5,000 pharmacies, depending on supply.
Availability can be determined through the online appointment planner.
CVS pharmacies planned to start administering the vaccines in some locations on Sunday, subject to supply.
The Knox County Department of Health will be hosting a walk-in booster clinic and immunization clinic for ages 12 and over from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 9 at the Unified Command Center, 1150 W. Sandburg Drive.
The Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson Clinic will continue from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at this location.
Knox County has administered more than 54,732 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of November 1, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
This represents a 3.06% increase from the previous week’s tally of 53,109 COVID-19 doses administered.
In County Knox, 52% of people living in County Knox are fully vaccinated by November 1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers a person to be fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving a single dose injection (Johnson & Johnson) or a second shot (either Pfizer or Moderna).
Illinois has reported a total of 1,701,649 cases of the coronavirus, an increase of 0.93% from the previous week.
The five counties with the highest percentage of their population fully vaccinated in Illinois as of November 1 are DuPage County (67%), Cook County (63%), Lake County (60%), Chicago (60%) and Kendall County (59%).
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Here are the latest figures on COVID-19 vaccinations in Knox County as of November 1:
How many people in Knox County have received a COVID-19 vaccine?
- 57% of Knox County residents received at least one dose of the vaccine, for a total of 28,718 people
- 52% of Knox County residents are fully immunized, for a total of 26,014 people
For a county-by-county overview of the vaccination rollout, check out our COVID-19 vaccine tracker, which is updated daily.
How many people in Illinois have been vaccinated so far?
- 66% of Illinois residents received at least one dose of the vaccine, for a total of 8,468,141 people
- 57% of Illinois residents are fully immunized, for a total of 7,297,967 people
We collect data on local vaccine distribution on a weekly basis. Check back for our next weekly midweek update for the latest numbers.