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Henderson County distributing vaccines to those homebound

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 6:05 PM CDT
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HENDERSON COUNTY, Illinois (KWQC) - After weeks of vaccine distribution, Henderson County Illinois has only reached out twenty percent fully vaccinated according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Henderson County Health Department is starting a homebound vaccine program for those who are homebound in the area or without transportation. Officials say residents will be able to get a ride to the health department for a vaccine or they can come to locals at their home to administer the vaccine. They hope the program helps reach those without transportation, something health department officials say the area is lacking.

“It is very much an issue, and for people who are not familiar with rural communities, they have no idea how limiting life can be for people who don’t have readily available transportation,” says Sharon Graham, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator with the Henderson County Health Department.

Officials say the rural area has limited access to health care and hope bringing the vaccine to locals will remove barriers.

“Very few services are directly delivered in the county,” says Graham.

Health department officials say another barrier is communication and reaching everybody is more challenging in a rural area.

“We are going through newspapers, church bulletins, flyers, trying to reach those who are homebound and we don’t see or know about. We are hoping that churches will come through. We have various churches in the county and everybody knows someone usually that is shut in and so we are hoping that they come forward and know that yes this is available,” Angela Myers, Administrator at the county health department says.

To sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine through the Henderson County Health Department, call (309)-627-2812.

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