Pittsfield, IL – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) alerted Pike County Health
Department (PCHD) late on December 7, 2020 that Pike County will be one of fifty counties
to receive vaccine for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The vaccine is expected to be
distributed to local health departments on or around December 15, 2020.
Vaccinations will be rolled out in phases. In Phase 1A, vaccine is targeted to the Critical
Populations of Frontline Health Care Personnel and Long Term Care facility staff and
residents. The first allotment of the vaccine will focus on vaccination of frontline hospital
workers. PCHD will provide the initial vaccinations for frontline healthcare personnel.
Vaccinations for Long Term Care facility workers and residents will be provided by CVS
and Walgreens through a federal contract.
PCHD Administrator, Anita Andress, RN, BSN will be receiving a call today to inform PCHD
of expected allotment and anticipated ship date. It is anticipated that PCHD will receive
vaccine sometime in the middle to end of next week, however information is changing by
PCHD is working with Illini Community Hospital and other healthcare personnel to prioritize
who will receive the vaccine allotted during the first shipment.
Other priority groups included in Phase 1A of the vaccination plan include: Frontline
healthcare workers who are caring for COVID-19 patients; pharmacists, plasma and blood
donation workers; public health nurses, and other public health and emergency
preparedness workers; dentists and hygienists; and funeral home workers.
Information is forthcoming on those who will be in Phase 1B of the vaccination plan.
For updates on Pike County COVID-19 cases, please go to our website at
For general questions about the COVID-19 virus, call 1-800-889-3931.