CHAMPAIGN — Coronavirus vaccinations will get underway next week for K-12 teachers and staff members at Champaign County schools doing in-person instruction, as well as employees of licensed day care centers.

Unlike the vaccination clinics that have been held to date, though, these will be given at multiple locations rather than just two, according to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

Most education-sector employees who will be eligible for next week’s clinics will get links from their employers to sign up, health district Administrator Julie Pryde said.

Those working in education who have underlying health conditions will have first priority for the available vaccine doses.

Champaign and Urbana schools will have on-site clinics for their employees, who will each get a registration link from their schools to schedule a vaccination, according to the health district.

In-person student teachers can also get a vaccination from the school where they’re teaching.

More vaccination sites for education and day care staffs:

Wednesday and Thursday, Rantoul Youth Center, 1306 Country Club Lane:

  • By appointment only, to serve employees from licensed day care centers and K-12 schools, including Rantoul City Schools and Rantoul Township High School and the surrounding communities.

To register, www.signupgenius.com/go/RantoulCOVIDVaccine orcall 217-892-6844.

Questions can be emailed to vaccinations@myrantoul.com.

Former Dress Barn store in the Kohl’s Plaza, 1901 N. Market St., C:

  • By appointment only for all other Champaign County licensed day care center staffs and K-12 employees. Registration for this site will start at 7 a.m. Saturday. Call 217-902-6100.

Pryde said vaccinations will also be going on next week at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign for some education sector employees. The employees to be vaccinated there will get links to register for times.

Adults 65 and up in Champaign County who missed being vaccinated at previous clinics can call the health district at 217-239-7877 to be placed on a waiting list for vaccinations as more doses become available.

Meanwhile, four area counties have school vaccinations well under way or completed.

In Vermilion County, some teachers were vaccinated Thursday and others will be the focus of clinics next week, according to health department Administrator Doug Toole.

Ford County, which is partnering with Gibson Area Hospital on vaccinations, started vaccinating teachers this week.

Those remaining will be vaccinated next week along with some of the other categories in Phase 1B, which includes many front-line essential workers, Ford County Health Department Administrator Laha Sample said.

DeWitt Piatt Bi-County Health Department Administrator David Remmert said vaccinations were done at all Piatt County schools last week, and at Clinton schools on Friday.

In Douglas County, staffs from two schools have already been vaccinated, according to Douglas County Health Department Administrator Amanda Minor.

Next week, she said, the county will continue vaccinating older adults 65 and up. Staffs at two other schools will be worked in as vaccine is available.

Douglas County is getting only about 300 vaccine doses a week, Minor said.

With about 4,000 county residents who are 65 and older plus teachers and other front-line workers yet to be vaccinated in the current priority group, Minor said the health department is getting to everyone as quickly as possible and is asking the community to be patient.



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