COVID-19 vaccine appointments available in Jackson County, Ill.

COVID-19 vaccine appointments available in Jackson County, Ill.
The Jackson County Health Department estimated roughly 12,000 people in the county are eligible under Phase 1b.

JACKSON COUNTY, Ill. (KFVS) - Appointment times for COVID-19 vaccinations are available for eligible people in the Phase 1b priority groups.

These groups include those 65 years of age and older and “frontline” essential workers.

You can click here for the link to the online appointment portal. You can also call the health department Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 684-3143.

Vaccinations are by appointment only and are not given at the health department. Appointments are at a mass vaccination clinic in Carbondale. They are held every Tuesday and Thursday, pending the supply.

Clinic appointments through February 4 are now open.

To be considered a “frontline” essential worker, the Jackson County Health Department said you must work in one of the following settings: first responder, corrections, education (pre-K through 12th grade only), daycare, postal service, manufacturing, agriculture and food production (food service is in Phase 1c), grocery stores and public transit.

The priority groups were established by the CDC and included in the state vaccination plan.

The health department said priority groups are necessary while vaccine supply is limited. As the supply increases, more priority groups will be served, followed by the general population.

The Jackson County Health Department estimated roughly 12,000 people in the county are eligible under Phase 1b.

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