Winnebago County health leaders look to ramp up distribution of COVID-19 vaccine

Public Health Administrator Dr. Sandra Martell says more than 15,000 residents have received the vaccine.
Published: Jan. 27, 2021 at 9:48 PM CST
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - As more than 15,000 people in Winnebago County receive their COVID-19 vaccine, leaders look to increase the number of shots administered each week.

Public health administrator Dr. Sandra Martell says the goal is to administer 5,000 vaccines a week however she says it’s going to require more manpower and doses.

Martell says currently the county is vaccinating those in Phase 1A and 1B emphasizing it will take time as she says more than two thirds of the county’s population falls in 1B with a large portion of those people being frontline workers.

Martell also announced 55 new cases of COVID-19 and one death. She says the positivity rate sits at 5.6 percent. Martell says without a national approach it could make the vaccine distribution a more challenging.

“Everyone is important, but again with limited quantities of vaccines and limited vaccination staff we have to prioritize,” said Martell.

Martell reminds residents no walk-ins are allowed for the COVID-19 vaccine. Everyone who wants the shot must make an appointment.

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