ROCKFORD — Local residents who wish to receive a coronavirus vaccine are being asked to preregister with the county health department.
Winnebago County Public Health Administrator Sandra Martell said Monday during her weekly COVID-19 update that the public can register for the the two-injection treatment at wchd.org.
Registrants will be asked to provide information about medical history, allergies and current medications.
Martell said more than 4,000 people registered last weekend during a soft launch. She added that signing up early does not prioritize anyone for a vaccine. It is aimed at helping health departments facilitate the shots in subsequent phases.
“I want to make clear with everyone,” she said, “this is not first-come, first-serve. The fact that people saw the slow roll over the weekend and started does not mean that they get into the front of the line for vaccination. This is not like a concert ticket where we all kind of rapid dial in and whoever gets the most calls in gets the tickets. The system will help us prioritize based on phase who should be offered those appointments first.”
Illinois is currently in Phase 1A of the vaccination plan, inoculating health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities. Martell said the phase should be completed locally by mid-January. Who will be included in the next phase isn’t known. But it has been reported that it could be could be summer by the time the general public is offered a vaccine.
A non-electronic form of registration is currently being developed for those who do not wish to sign up online.
The county reported 122 new cases of COVID-19 Monday. There have been 24,510 cases, including 347 deaths in Winnebago County, since the pandemic began last March.