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Here’s how Illinois is handling registration for the COVID-19 vaccine

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) — As the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines continues to ramp up across the country, states have taken a variety of approaches to prioritize who gets the vaccine when.

In the Winnebago County, Illinois, the health department has launched an online registration tool for the vaccine.

It’s not a first-come-first-serve basis for those who register, but it will help determine those who will get vaccinated based off someone’s risk/occupation, Dr. Sandra Martell, the Public Administrator.

Illinois is currently still in phase 1A for giving the vaccine, meaning health care workers and those on the frontlines. Martell says the state is likely to be in phase 1A through mid-January at least.

The online registration tool is designed to help set reminders for appointments and recalls for those who miss appointments. The tool was also designed to enable trust with the community, according to Martell.

It was also set up to help eliminate data entry errors by health officials.

Once you sign up through the registration tool, the information will go to the state’s database as well, to ensure no one is getting the vaccination more than once.

More than 4,500 people have registered as of Monday afternoon, according to Martell.

The registration site does support multiple languages.

To register for the COVID-19 vaccine, click either one of the links below:

“We’re hoping this will allow us to have efficient use of our staff as well to provide vaccination, rather than to set up appointments and scheduling and having people sign up and stand in line like they are in Florida or Texas lining up in cars. Our goal is to be efficient with the use of your time and the use of staff time to effectively use our staff to vaccinate,” Dr. Martell said.

Martell says there’s been approximately 6,200 people in Winnebago County who have received the vaccine thus far.

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