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By Carissa Sitki
The Jersey County Health Department (JCHD) began administering COVID-19 vaccinations to five to 11-year-olds last Friday, Nov. 5, when they held a drive-thru clinic from 2 to 4 p.m.
This weekend and the following weekend, JCHD will hold drive-thru vaccine clinics for five to 11-year-olds: Friday, Nov. 12, from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. JCHD’s drive-thru vaccine clinics for people 12 and older are held every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. There is no appointment necessary and the clinics are held behind the JCHD building at 1307 State Highway 109, Jerseyville.
Ages five and up may only receive the Pfizer vaccine, while people 18 and older can receive Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson. The second dose of the Pfizer vaccine should be received three weeks following the first dose, the second Moderna should be received four weeks following the first dose, and a Johnson & Johnson Booster dose can be received at least two months after the first dose. Pfizer and Moderna boosters have also become available.
Vaccination consent forms can be found at jerseycountyhealth.org and must be completed prior to each COVID, or flu, vaccine dose. For more information regarding the vaccine clinics, call JCHD at 618-498-9565, ext. 301.
At last available report, on Nov. 1, JCHD announced that the total number of active COVID cases in Jersey County was 31. This puts the total case count at 3,405, since the start of the pandemic. There have been 53 total deaths.
Of the 21,847 people in Jersey County, 10,556, or 48.32 percent, have been fully vaccinated against COVID. There have been 22,086 vaccine doses administered in the county.