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Peoria County ain’t playing around when it comes to vaccines

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021

* WMBD

Governor J.B. Pritzker praises Peoria County’s vaccination efforts while visiting the area on Wednesday.

While touring a vaccination clinic at Heddington Oaks in West Peoria, Governor Pritzker called Peoria County a leader in administering vaccines.

“If Peoria County were a state, it would be number 2 in the nation for total number of doses administered per 100,000 residents,” Pritzker said.

* PJStar

Pritzker’s announcement came on the same day the county received continued good news about the coronavirus. It was the second straight day local health officials reported no deaths.

More than 80% of Peoria County’s residents over age 65 and around 55% of those eligible for a vaccine under 65 have already gotten at least one dose, Pritzker said in a tweet.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

19 Comments
  1. - DuPage Dad - Thursday, Feb 25, 21 @ 9:39 am:

    I’m glad for PC. They so often have bad news come their way, great to see them be a definitive leader in something so universally needed.


  2. - OneMan - Thursday, Feb 25, 21 @ 9:50 am:

    Props off to you, Peoria County. Keep it up.


  3. - Frumpy White Guy - Thursday, Feb 25, 21 @ 9:55 am:

    I’m in DuPage County and received mine quick.


  4. - Ducky LaMoore - Thursday, Feb 25, 21 @ 10:02 am:

    Everybody I’ve talked to that got their vaccine in Peoria has been extremely happy. Some got their first shot the same day they requested an appointment.


  5. - Hot Taeks - Thursday, Feb 25, 21 @ 10:16 am:

    Very welcome news. I’m feeling better about our state’s progress with Pritzker’s tweet yesterday saying IL will be receiving 100k doses a day by mid-March.


  6. - JS Mill - Thursday, Feb 25, 21 @ 10:23 am:

    We hear a lot of the complaints so it is nice to see that there are also successes.

    Illinois has steadily moved up the leaderboard over all. yesterday I saw data that put us in the upper half of the per 100,000k population doses administered. We have been among the leaders in total doses, which is really the big number and now moving up in other metrics.


  7. - Just Another Anon - Thursday, Feb 25, 21 @ 10:25 am:

    I’d be interested in seeing their vaccine supply numbers.


  8. - Anonymous - Thursday, Feb 25, 21 @ 10:30 am:

    Too bad both of the stories linked leave out the how - how did Peoria County acheive this?


  9. - DuPage Dave - Thursday, Feb 25, 21 @ 10:36 am:

    Frumpy- I’m also an old guy living in DuPage and I can’t get an appointment for a vaccination. Please share any helpful tips.


  10. - Cool Papa Bell - Thursday, Feb 25, 21 @ 10:44 am:

    @Just Another

    Look for yourself…

    https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccinedata?county=Peoria


  11. - Dee Lay - Thursday, Feb 25, 21 @ 10:51 am:

    Illinois is trending in the right direction - but there are hard questions and days ahead.
    What are Peoria and Adams counties doing right? Is it scalable?

    On a good day, Cook Count can approach 20K vaccinations - how do we get more good days?


  12. - Third Reading - Thursday, Feb 25, 21 @ 10:56 am:

    Pritzker lends support to new state movement.


  13. - dbk - Thursday, Feb 25, 21 @ 11:02 am:

    –how did Peoria County achieve this?–

    Well, for one they’re a central vaccine reception site, so a lot of doses initially came their way.

    The County Health Department partnered with the major healthcare providers (OSF, Unity Point), both of which were able to set up efficient administration programs.

    Plus Kroger’s - HyVee - Walgreens etc. Lots of possibilities for folks. All my friends are vaccinated.

    IOW the Health Department got its act together and collaborated with providers who had the means and personnel to carry the project out.

    Proud of my hometown / home county, which can be a disheartening place on other occasions.


  14. - Product of the '60's - Thursday, Feb 25, 21 @ 11:32 am:

    My wife and I too are in that 1B category,live in DuPage and have had no success….till we found a Walgrens in Danville that had plenty of openings. Drove the 2 1/2 hours to our appointment and it was done quick as a wink. Set for 2nd shot there too.


  15. - Cool Papa Bell - Thursday, Feb 25, 21 @ 11:42 am:

    Peoria County has a few things going its way.

    Large central healthcare presence. Very early they got more vaccine than other counties. A big portion of their population lives within 15 miles of Peoria. Its a highly educated community with lots a white collar jobs (in other words - people ready and willing to take the vaccine).

    What I’d like to know is how the sign up process is going. That seems to be a stumbling block for many counties. If PC was able to run it better or make changes that could help out other lagging areas of state.

    Do not look at county wide vaccination rates in deep southern Illinois. They are shocking.


  16. - Cool Papa Bell - Thursday, Feb 25, 21 @ 11:50 am:

    And looking at the data… something needs further explanation, on Jan 26 Peoria county distributed 3,987 vaccines in one day; on Feb 2 they distributed 7,015.

    So when you look at the rest of their daily shot numbers they aren’t all that impressive. But twice they went ahead and threw out tons of vaccine all at once. Are you better off with big mass vaccination days or does slow and steady win the race?


  17. - thechampaignlife - Thursday, Feb 25, 21 @ 2:57 pm:

    If Peoria is #2 at 33.3% (doses administered per population), does that make Adams #1 at 44.1%? Champaign, Piatt, Schuyler, and Sangamon get honorable mentions for being above 30%.

    ===What I’d like to know is how the sign up process is going===

    Champaign has been using SignUpGenius with great success. Minimal cost, overhead, and learning curve for admins and patients. The reports of walk-in clinics are horrifying to me. In the face of continued shortages, the chance of a superspreader event in a crowded line of unvaccinated hopefuls is an unnecessary risk when a super simple sign-up form would suffice.


  18. - Frank talks - Thursday, Feb 25, 21 @ 4:57 pm:

    Maybe DuPage Dan Cronin should call Peoria County instead of mugging for the Daily Herald and blaming the Governor?


  19. - MyTwoCents - Thursday, Feb 25, 21 @ 5:19 pm:

    I wonder how much of an influence Quincy Veterans Home is on Adams County’s numbers?

    But for all the well deserved cheering for Peoria County, Sangamon & Champaign are basically in the same neighborhood in terms of comparable counties. According to IDPH’s numbers, Champaign is at 9.59% full vaccinated, Sangamon 9.42% and Peoria 9.83%.


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