Vaccination distribution for Phase 1A continues throughout the State of Illinois while Macoupin County recently completed their 1,000 vaccination. Procedures are in place to provide the second dose to those persons in Phase 1A who have received the first dose and plans are underway when Phase 1B is announced.
Walgreens and CVS Pharmacies are contracted to vaccinate all residents and staff in long-term care facilities with the completion of both doses estimated to be done in the next twelve weeks. Once Illinois makes substantial progress in Phase 1A and vaccine deliveries increase, vaccination for Phase 1B will begin. This phase will include frontline essential workers and residents age 65 and over.
To prepare for Phase B, the Macoupin County Public Health Department is asking the general public to register their interest in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The link to the survey is available now on the Macoupin County Public Health Department’s website at www.mcphd.net (click COVID-19 information in upper righthand corner) and the MCPHD’s Facebook page.
If a person has already received a consent form and checklist from MCPHD through their employer or organization, they should not complete this survey because it will create a duplication of information and slow down the process.
Persons will be asked to provide their full contact information on the survey, including name, address, phone number, date of birth and email address. If a person does not have access to the internet, they can call MCPHD’s COVID-19 helpline at 217-313-5078 for assistance completing the survey.
Before completing the survey, health department staff encourage individuals to view the Moderna vaccine fact sheet and the Pfizer vaccine fact sheet which can both be found on their respective websites.
Completing the survey does not guarantee any individual will receive a vaccine through the health department, but it is a means of registering interest in receiving the vaccine. Based on Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines, when the vaccine is made available, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment.
Because the health department receives quick notice on vaccine quantity and expected delivery time and because of the tight restrictions around storage and handling of the vaccine, it will be necessary to plan vaccination clinics with short notice to the priority groups and to the public.
Macoupin County residents are asked to tune in to WSMI Radio 106.1 FM and follow the Macoupin County Public Health Department Facebook page for the latest updates.
The COVID-19 vaccine is FREE. The Macoupin County Public Health Department has chosen not to charge an administration fee.
Two doses of the vaccine will be required to achieve the best immunity. Protection from the vaccine is not immediate and will take one to two weeks after the second dose. Macoupin County public health officials are urging everyone even if they have received the vaccine to continue to do these basic safety precautions every day: wear a mask, wash your hands and social distance.
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been in close contact with a positive case, contact your healthcare provider to ask about being tested. If you would like to get tested at the Health Department’s Drive Thru testing site located at Maple Street Clinic in Gillespie pre-registration is required.
When calling the registration line at 217-313-5078, be prepared to provide your name, address, phone number and insurance information to the support staff or leave a message with your name and number. You can also self-register on-line at https://mcphd.net/self-registration/.
COVID-19 testing may also be completed at Carlinville Area Hospital call 217-854-3141, ext. 224; St. Claire Square in Fairview Heights call 217-545-5100; Memorial Respiratory Clinic in Springfield call 217-588-4019; Walgreens in Springfield and Cahokia at https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/covid19/testing.
If you have general questions about COVID-19 or about your quarantine or isolation order, please be prepared to provide your name and phone number to support staff so that one of our contact tracers or public health nurses can return your call. Please note that a negative test does NOT release you from quarantine.
To see up-to-date statistics about COVID-19 cases in Macoupin County, visit and like Macoupin County Public Health Department’s Facebook page or, for state-wide statistics visit https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19.