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Monday COVID-19 vaccine appointments still available at Heartland Regional in Marion
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Monday COVID-19 vaccine appointments still available at Heartland Regional in Marion

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MARION — Appointments are still available for Monday’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Heartland Regional Medical Center, according to the marketing coordinator for the hospital. 

The Illinois National Guard announced a temporary vaccination site at Heartland Regional Medical Center, 3333 W. DeYoung St., in Marion. Vaccinations will be provided to as many as 300 eligible people from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m Monday.

To register for a vaccine appointment, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) website at https://covidvaccination.dph.illinois.gov/ and use voucher code SPARCHRMC0322. Appointments are required and walk-ins will not be accepted.

Registration assistance is being provided courtesy of the new IDPH Vaccine Appointment Call Center.

Open seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to midnight, Illinois residents can call (833) 621-1284 for both English and Spanish-speaking agents, some with the ability to translate into other languages. The call center was created for people who do not have access to a computer or those who have difficulty navigating online services.

“We are thrilled to be able to work with the National Guard to enhance our vaccination efforts,” said Heartland Regional Emergency Manager Nikolas Fort. “We welcome the members of the National Guard into our community with open arms. With this one-day event, another 300 citizens will take an important step towards beating the pandemic. I urge everyone who is able to consider getting vaccinated.”

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health director Dr. Ngozi Ezike announce how the state will "advance toward normalcy" based on its vaccination progress and other metrics.

Southern Seven Health Department also announced that beginning Monday, the department will be accepting walk-in COVID-19 appointments at their clinics through the region. 

The walk-in vaccinations will be limited to the first 100 people in priority groups 1A, 1B, or 1B+ based on available vaccine supplies for that day, according to a news release.

Walk-ins will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at S7’s mass vaccination sites.

Individuals can still schedule themselves a guaranteed vaccine dose by booking an appointment online or by calling the Illinois Vaccine Appointment Call Center.

“This is a great way for us to reach folks who aren’t tech saavy or who may not have the ability to get on the internet to book an online appointment,” said Nathan Ryder, Outreach Coordinator for Southern Seven’s Contact Tracing Team.  “We have seen a steady increase in vaccine supplies shipping to us from the state. At the same time, we’ve exhausted most of our waitlists for COVID-19 vaccines in each of the counties and want to provide more opportunities for people to get vaccinated.”

To guarantee a vaccine dose on a given day, people can schedule themselves for a vaccine appointment using the Illinois Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Registration system online at: https://covidvaccination.dph.illinois.gov

Vaccines will be provided only to Illinois residents and/or individuals with proof of employment in Illinois. At the current time, people must also fall into the 1A, 1B or 1B+ priority groups to receive a vaccine. It was announced by the state of Illinois that on April 12th, everyone over the age of 16-years old will become eligible to get vaccinated.

Currently S7HD is operating at least 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. S7HD covers Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski and Union counties.

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