Local church to host walk-in vaccine clinic on Saturday

By Ethan Simmons

Carle Health is partnering with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District to host a walk-in vaccine clinic at a Champaign church on Saturday.

The clinic, hosted at Church of the Living God on 312 E. Bradley Ave., will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 20. The clinic may close earlier if all available vaccine doses are administered.

Doses are available for those who work or live in Champaign County and fit the current eligibility requirements, namely:

  • Residents 40-64 with underlying health conditions or disabilities, 
  • Residents 65 or older
  • Healthcare workers outlined in Phase 1a as those in hospital and non-hospital settings who have
    the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials as well as those
    who care for a disabled family member.
  • Staff at licensed daycare workers State of Illinois approved early childhood and licensed
    daycares and K-12 (public, private and parochial) schools. 
  • Other essential workers outlined in Phase 1B in the following sectors:
    • Corrections officers and inmates
    • Education
    • Shelters/Adult daycare
    • Public transit
    • Postal service
    • Grocery stores
    • Food and agriculture
    • Manufacturing
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District’s vaccine dashboard, updated after Feb. 17.

“We’ve been partnering with Church of the Living God to address healthcare needs and disparities for some time and bringing vaccination opportunities directly to those who need it most is a natural extension of our reach,” said Jonathan Woods, Carle’s executive director of Community Health Initiatives in a press release.

C-U health administrators are beginning a targeted campaign to vaccinate underserved communities across the county.

“We’re working hard to remove barriers to accessing the vaccine for our community members,” Wood said.

Champaign County is among the Illinois leaders in vaccinations, having inoculated 6.53% of the population with two vaccine doses. That rate ranks behind only Sangamon and Adams County, in which 13% and 7% of residents are fully vaccinated.