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Health department launches teams to vaccinate homebound McHenry County residents

Sarah Oliveira, public health nurse for the McHenry County Department of Health, and Lt. Kelly Gitzke, of the Huntley Fire Protection District, fill syringes with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on May 26, 2021. | Provided Photo.

Health officials said they are rolling out a program that will send first responders and health workers to homebound McHenry County residents to give them the COVID-19 vaccine.

The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) said they have been working with community-based organizations in McHenry County to identify homebound residents and their direct caregivers in need of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The health department has implemented its plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to McHenry County residents who are homebound for a variety of medical reasons and have difficulty getting to a clinic.

Mobile strike teams made up of MCDH staff and first responders will provide the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to homebound residents.

MCDH said that if a homebound resident wishes not to receive the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, alternative options are being provided on a case-by-case review to receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

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“This is an important part of MCDH’s COVID-19 response, taking care of our medically vulnerable residents and making sure that they don’t slip between the cracks of the vaccine rollout,” said Melissa Adamson, Public Health Administrator for the McHenry County Department of Health.

“It has taken a considerable amount of coordination and planning, but we are committed to vaccinating as many McHenry County residents who want the protection and are trying protect others,” Adamson said.

Those interested in signing up for the program are asked to the MCDH COVID-19 Call Center at 815-334-4045.