COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Vaccine Distribution Phases: 1A and 1B

From the Illinois Department of Public Health: The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) — an esteemed group of public health experts and medical professionals — develops recommendations on how to use vaccines to control disease in the United States. The Committee’s recommendations are then approved by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 

With the demand for COVID-19 vaccines expected to exceed supply during the first months of the national COVID19 vaccination program, ACIP recommended the following priority groups – those at the highest risk of exposure, morbidity and mortality – receive the first doses of vaccines before the general public:

  • Phase 1A: health care personnel and residents of long-term care facilities 
  • Phase 1B: persons aged ≥75 years and non–health care frontline essential workers (additional information below) Illinois is choosing to add individuals age 65+ to this Phase 1B.

Current Vaccination Groups: 1A and 1B

Phase 1A Includes:

  • Frontline healthcare workers
  • Long-term care facility residents and staff

Phase 1B Includes:

  • Residents age 65 and older
  • Frontline essential workers
Vaccine Distribution Priority Groups - Restore Illinois

Where and How Current Vaccination Groups Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Ages 65+

Peoria City/County Health Department, Tazewell County Health Department, and Woodford County Health Department are collaborating with OSF HealthCare, UnityPoint Health, and Heartland Health Services to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to our residents. These healthcare systems have stepped up to vaccinate our 65+ population. 

Starting January 18, these healthcare systems will begin reaching out to their patient base to schedule a vaccination appointment in the coming weeks. They will also be contacting and working with independent providers, and those without a primary care physician, to link them with scheduling a vaccination appointment in the coming weeks. 

Again, residents should refrain from contacting providers at this time; health systems will be reaching out directly to our 65+ population. 

Many pharmacies throughout Illinois will also be receiving limited vaccine to build capacity to vaccinate those in our long term care facilities and move to individuals age 65+ and other priority groups in Phase 1b. The State of Illinois is providing a website page https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/ to list locations of all pharmacies and their website/contact information. Please do not show up at pharmacies for vaccinations or appointments. Check the websites for vaccination information. Vaccinations will be by appointment only       – no walk-ins.

Important websites:

Please be patient as we begin to vaccinate our large population of residents. Vaccine doses are distributed as fast as our allotment allows. It will take multiple weeks to reach all of Phase 1B and move to the next priority group of individuals..

Frontline Essential Workers That Fall Under 1B

The tri-county health departments have also started offering vaccination appointments to Phase 1B frontline workers. This includes:

  • First Responders – Fire, police, 911 workers, security personnel, school officers
  • Education (Congregate Child Care, Pre-K through 12th grade) – Teachers, principals, students support, student aids, daycare workers
  • Food and Agriculture – Processing, plants, veterinary health, livestock services, animal care
  • Manufacturing – Industrial production of good for distribution to retail, wholesale or other manufactures
  • Corrections Workers & Inmates – Prison/jail officers, juvenile facility staff, workers providing in-person support, inmates
  • United States Postal Services Workers
  • Public Transit Workers – Flight crew, bus drivers, train conductors, taxi drivers, para-transit drivers, in-person support, ride sharing services
  • Grocery Store Workers – Baggers, cashiers, stockers, pick-up, customer service
  • Shelters/Adult Day Care – Homeless shelters, women’s shelter, adult day/drop-in program, sheltered workshop, psycho-social rehab

If you are employed in one of these areas, or a healthcare worker from Phase 1A that has yet to be vaccinated, please contact the health department of your choice to schedule your appointment. You will be required to return to the same location for the second dose within the 21/28-day requirement. If you are unsure if you are eligible, please contact the health department to determine your Priority group.

Appointments will be accepted only for the person whose name is on the appointment. Do not register your name and give your appointment to another person.

Peoria: Email vaccinerequest@peoriacounty.org

Tazewell: Please monitor the website www.tazewellhealth.org for online scheduling late Jan - early Feb

Woodford: Phone 309-467-3064 and  monitor the website www.woodfordhealth.org
Leave a detailed message with name & phone number.

Please be patient as we begin to vaccinate this large population of residents. Vaccine doses are distributed as fast as our allotment allows. It will take multiple weeks to reach all of Phase 1B.

Information for Vaccine Recipients

COVID-19 Pfizer BioNTech Vaccine EUA Fact Sheet for Recipients: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/eua/pfizer.html

COVID-19 Moderna Vaccine EUA Fact Sheet for Recipients: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/eua/modernatx.html

Healthcare professionals are encouraged to report clinically important adverse events that occur after vaccination, even if you are not sure whether the vaccine caused the adverse event, to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at https://vaers.hhs.gov/

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I be able to get a vaccine? How will they be distributed?

The Illinois Department of Public Health has a vaccination guide that details the phased approach to vaccinations: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccination-plan

Read more on Illinois' vaccine preparedness on the Illinois Department of Public Healths' FAQ website at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccine-faq.

What is an Emergency Use Authorization? How is safety taken into account?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for authorizing a vaccine for emergency use. Learn how they do this at https://www.fda.gov/vaccines-blood-biologics/vaccines/emergency-use-authorization-vaccines-explained.

How do vaccines work in our bodies? Are there different types?

Vaccines work by triggering an immune response from our body. Different types of vaccines can produce this response. Learn the details of how our bodies do this and the different vaccine types from the Center for Disease Control's website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/how-they-work.html.

What is an mRNA vaccine? How is it different from past vaccines we have had in the U.S.?

The current COVID-19 vaccine candidates that are authorized for emergency use in the United States were developed using mRNA technology, which is different from vaccines the U.S. has previously used. The Center for Disease Control's website explains more about what these are and how they work: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mrna.html?fbclid=IwAR0iMyaBDSeoXHRK4hgZvJkGpx-j-FsX8a5Fid2zJbA6D6tQ7TmXxd7ZnpI

If I already had COVID-19, should I get vaccinated?

Health officials recommend still getting vaccinated even if you already had COVID-19. As of now, research indicates natural immunity from COVID-19 lasts approximately 90 days, while immunity in those who have been vaccinated is so far at approximately 9 months (length of longest study). As clinical trials continue, we may see this immunity lasting longer.

COVID Emergency Use Authorization timeline graphic Opens in new windowHow is a vaccine developed in the U.S.? What kind of regulatory process is there to determine if it is safe and effective?

The FDA regulates vaccine development and approval in the U.S. through a strict process. Read more on the steps between research and development to approval at https://www.fda.gov/vaccines-blood-biologics/development-approval-process-cber/vaccine-development-101.

What is 'Operation Warp Speed'?

Operation Warp Speed is a partnership among the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense to help develop, make, and distribute millions of vaccine doses for COVID-19 as quickly as possible while ensuring that the vaccines are safe and that they work. The HHS website explains the partnership's goals and gives a timeline of events: https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/explaining-operation-warp-speed/index.html.