Vaccinations available for Champaign County Residents 65+

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), in partnership with Carle Health, OSF HealthCare, Christie Clinic, Promise Healthcare, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will be now be hosting community-based COVID-19 vaccination clinics for all Champaign County residents 65 years of age and older.

There are two convenient locations to receive your vaccine the week of January 25th:

The iHotel and Conference Center, located at 1900 S. 1st Street, Champaign, is by appointment only.

To register, please use one of the following methods:

  • Preferred method is online at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b054ca8a82ca5f94-additional
  • Scheduling is also available by calling (217) 239-7877 but individuals may experience a longer wait time. 
  • Entrance for the clinic is through the east wing of the iHotel and Conference Center.
  • If you do not feel well the day of your appointment, please call to reschedule.

The former Dress Barn store in the Kohl’s Plaza, located at 1901 N. Market Street, Champaign, is by appointment only.

To register:

  • Please call (217) 902-6100. Due to high call volume, you may experience an extended wait time so we appreciate your patience. 
  • If you do not feel well the day of your appointment, please call to reschedule.

Individuals that are 65 years of age and older that are unable to obtain an appointment next week can be placed on a wait list by calling 217-239-7877 or emailing coronavirus@c-uphd.org.

Patients will need to wear a face covering, practice social distancing, and plan to allow at least 15 minutes for observation after the vaccination. Please limit the number of individuals in your party that are not receiving the vaccine and wear clothing to allow easy access to the upper portion of the arm for the injection.

The cost of the vaccine is currently being covered by the federal government and most insurance plans cover the cost to deliver the shot. If you have questions about what your personal coverage is, call your health plan provider at the number on the back of your insurance card. It is important to know that no one will be turned away or receive a charge if they do not have health insurance. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health has compiled a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccination. Information can be found at: http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccine-faq

To track the phases and local vaccinations, visit https://www.c-uphd.org/covid-vaccinations.html.

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Region 6 Moves to Tier One Mitigations

Today, January 18, Region 6 qualifies for Tier One mitigations. Under Tier One, the following changes apply:

Bars & Restaurants

  • All bars and restaurants close at 11pm and may reopen no earlier than 6am the following day
  • Indoor service limited to the lesser of 25 guests or 25% capacity per room
  • Establishments offering indoor service must serve food
  • Indoor service reservations limited to 2-hour maximum duration and maximum 4 persons per party (dining only with members of the same household recommended)
  • All bar and restaurant patrons should be seated at tables
  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)
  • Tables should be 6 feet apart
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
  • No dancing or standing indoors
  • Reservations required for each party
  • No seating of multiple parties at one table
  • Includes private clubs and country clubs

Meetings, Social Events, and Gatherings

  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25% of overall room capacity both indoors and outdoors
  • Applicable to professional, cultural and social group gatherings.
  • Not applicable to students participating in-person classroom learning, or sports.
  • This does not reduce the overall facility capacity dictated by general Phase 4 business guidance such as office, personal care, retail, etc.
  • No party buses

A full list of Tier One mitigation efforts can be found here.


In order to return to Phase 4, the Region 6 needs to meet:

  1.  A test positivity rate less ≤6.5% for three consecutive days, as measured by the 7-day rolling average; AND
  2. ≥20% available staffed ICU hospital beds for three consecutive days, on a 7-day rolling average; AND
  3. 3) No sustained increase in the number of people in the hospital with COVID-19 for seven out of 10 days, on a 7-day average.


Current metrics for Region 6 can be found here.

Champaign County Vaccination Expands

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is expanding Phase 1B COVID Vaccinations to include persons Age 65-74 with underlying health conditions starting January 19.

The upcoming clinics will be held January 19-22, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Next week’s clinics will serve anyone 75 years of age or older that did not previously receive a vaccine plus is expanding to include individuals age 65-74 with underlying health conditions – cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, heart disease, obesity, sickle cell disease, diabetes, smoking, and immune-compromised due to organ transplant.

To register, please use the preferred method: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b054ca8a82ca5f94-vaccine.

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Vaccinations for Champaign County Residents 75 Years of Age & Older

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), in partnership with Carle Health, OSF HealthCare, Christie Clinic, Promise Healthcare, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are preparing two community-based COVID-19 vaccination clinics for Champaign County residents 75 years of age or older. The group will hold vaccination clinics January 12-14, 2021 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. by appointment only. Appointments are available at either community location regardless of where you receive medical care.

To register for a vaccination at the former Dress Barn store in the Kohl’s Plaza located at 1901 N. Market Street, Champaign, please use one of the following methods:

  • The fastest way to register is online through MyCarle. 
  • Log in or sign up for MyCarle at MyCarle.com.  
  • Scheduling is also available by calling (217) 902-6100 but you may experience a longer wait time.
  • If you do not feel well the day of your appointment, please call to reschedule.

To register for a vaccination at the iHotel and Conference Center located at 1900 S. 1st Street, Champaign, please use one of the following methods:

  • Online at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B054CA8A82CA5F94-covid1.
  • Scheduling is also available by calling (217) 239-7877. 
  • Entrance for the clinic will be through the east wing of the iHotel and Conference Center.
  • If you do not feel well the day of your appointment, please call to reschedule.

The vaccination is free but providers may charge an administrative fee which is determined by an individual’s insurance coverage. If you have questions about your specific coverage, please call the number on the back of your insurance card. The two clinics provide an easy and accessible entrance and protection from the elements while accommodating the necessary social distancing. Patients will need to wear a face covering and plan to allow at least 15 minutes for observation after the vaccination. Please limit the number of individuals in your party that are not receiving the vaccine and wear clothing to allow easy access to the upper portion of the arm for the injection.

Pfizer and Moderna are both a two-dose series that are 90-95 percent effective after both vaccinations with the second dose either 21 or 28 days later as directed by the manufacturer. Individuals will receive information on how to sign up for text reminders for their second dose as well as receive a vaccination record card with their return date for the second dose. 

The vaccine does not contain a live virus and you cannot get COVID from the vaccine. Some people may develop side effects from their body building immunity which includes soreness at the injection site, fever, headache or body aches. Symptoms should resolve in 24-48 hours. The body takes several weeks to build immunity so people could be infected just before receiving the vaccine or shortly after so continuing proven infection prevention measures is important. Continue to wear a mask, socially distance, wash hands frequently, and stay home if you are sick.

“It is important for people to understand pharmaceutical companies invested significant resources into quickly developing a vaccine for COVID-19 because of the urgent need for the vaccine worldwide. It does not mean they bypassed safety protocols or any phase of testing,” said Awais Vaid, Deputy Administrator and Epidemiologist, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 vaccines are being held to the same safety standards as all vaccines. Factors that resulted in an accelerated vaccine development timeline where: 

  • Researchers used existing clinical trial networks to begin conducting COVID-19 vaccine trials. 
  • Manufacturing was started while the clinical trials were still underway. Normally, manufacturing doesn’t begin until after completion of the trials. 
  • mRNA vaccines are faster to produce than traditional vaccines. 
  • FDA and CDC are prioritizing review, authorization, and recommendation of COVID-19 vaccines.

For more information, visit the COVID-19 Prevention Network: https://www.coronaviruspreventionnetwork.org/about-covpn

The Illinois Department of Public Health has compiled a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccination. Information can be found at: http://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccine-faq

To track the phases and local vaccinations, visit https://www.c-uphd.org/covid-vaccinations.html.

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12 Ways to Holiday Safely

We are just three days away from Christmas, a day when many gather with loved ones to celebrate. 2020 will look very different for many, and we thank all of you who have made the difficult sacrifices to limit gatherings of all kinds to keep our community safe.

As we saw during Thanksgiving, our residents made those tough choices and the expected rise in cases did not happen locally. This is a testament to the strength and commitment of our residents to safety.

As we approach the next week with Christmas and New Year’s we want to remind our residents how you can manage the holidays safely, so we can minimize spread in Champaign County.

Staying the Course

The Champaign County community has remained vigilant in testing, helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This week, the community-based testing at Market Place Mall exceeded 110,000 tests, another remarkable feat for testing in our area.

Residents are encouraged to continue to test regularly at the site, open daily 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Utilize the new, pre-registration to speed the process.

As we approach year-end holidays, Julie Pryde, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Administrator states, “As we enter the holiday season and get close to the end of this very trying year, we understand everyone is tired. Everyone is tired of wearing a mask, everyone is tired of not being with family and friends, especially during the holidays. We ask that you continue to do your part to protect our community as we move through this pandemic. We have made great strides recently with lowering the number of local COVID cases which will in turn open up our community more quickly. The first doses of the COVID vaccine arrived in our community this week and availability will continue to increase in the coming weeks and months. We must stay the course until the pandemic is controlled and we can return to normal. Please continue to wear a mask, socially distance, and wash your hands frequently to protect yourself and others. Be kind to each other. Help those who need it. An end is in sight to the historic and devastating pandemic. Let’s all stick together and make sure everyone makes it through!”

A Testing Milestone

The latest COVID-19 milestone achieved by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign? One million saliva-based tests administered on campus.

The development of the saliva-based, rapid-result PCR COVID-19 test proved to be a critical innovation at a University well-known for their world-changing innovations. Through aggressive testing of students, faculty and staff, the University safely opened the Urbana-Champaign campus this fall, keeping positivity rates low and avoiding hospitalizations for all tested. Combined with contact tracing and utilization of the Safer Illinois app, they were able to rapidly identify and contain outbreaks.

Our sincerest congratulations to the SHIELD team, the University of Illinois leadership, and most importantly, the students, faculty, and staff that made the commitment to safety. Champaign County is safer because of your dedication and leadership.

Holiday Season Safety Tips

Our year-end holidays are well under way. Protecting your family, friends, and community should be at the top of your list this season. As we await a vaccine, the Illinois Department of Public Health has various recommendations to keep you safe.

Planning holiday travel? Among their recommendations, “Carry a small personal sanitizing kit that contains hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and extra masks. Always wear a mask in public, wash your hands frequently, and practice social distancing when around others not from your household. Be aware of the risk level of your destination.”

Hosting overnight guests? IDPH says, “Consider the health of those in your home and those visiting, including older adults and individuals with medical conditions that put them at higher risk of severe illness. Identify a room where an individual can isolate should they develop symptoms or test positive while visiting. Make sure everyone understands the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing.”

While we’re out holiday shopping, IDPH offers the following guidelines: Consider alternative ways to purchase gifts other than visiting stores in person, where possible. Stay home if you have tested positive or have symptoms of COVID-19, which can include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms.

When serving your holiday meals, there are several guidelines to follow, among them: limit the number of people for which social distancing is possible before, during, and after the meal; encourage guests to wear a mask except to eat and to drink. Have an extra supply of masks, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol, and tissues on hand. Also, encourage guests to bring food and drinks for themselves and for members of their own household only.

Check out their full list of recommendations for the holidays here.

A Make-At-Home Recipe with Punch!

While Tier Three mitigations remain in place under the Restore Illinois plan, we continue to play bartender at home. Hunter with Punch! Bar & Lounge in downtown Champaign shows us an easy make-at-home drink that is sure to keep us warm on these cold winter nights.

If you’re not up to being the mixologist at home, don’t worry! Punch has take-home cocktails ready to go for you.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to Spread Cheer, Not COVID.

A Virtual Community Potluck

Continuing to plan your reduced-size holiday meal? Cooking everything at home may not be necessary. We asked individuals working behind the scenes on Champaign County Safe what dish they would bring from a local restaurant to a holiday meal. Here’s what they had to say.

FIRST COURSE

To kick off this community potluck, we have a couple first course options. Xander Hazel, Executive Director of the Champaign Center Partnership brings some deviled eggs from Big Grove Tavern. Shrimp Cocktail from Hamilton Walker’s is the appetizer of choice for Bruce Knight, Planning & Development Director for the City of Champaign. Another appetizer from Hamilton Walker’s also makes an appearance, with Sue Grey, President & CEO of the United Way of Champaign County bringing Bacon Wrapped Dates.

MAIN DISH

We have an array of options for our main course, showing off our international flavors. Gloria Yen, Director of the New American Welcome Center at the University YMCA brings Crispy Duck from Lai Lai Wok to the table. Robin Kaler, Associate Chancellor at the University of Illinois, spices things up with Yellow Curry (spice level 4!) from Taste of Thai. Laura Frerichs, Executive Director at the University of Illinois Research Park and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Economic Development, brings a comforting dish, Butternut Squash Ravioli from Biaggi’s.

SIDES

A few side dishes are necessary to round out the meal. Jayne DeLuce, President & CEO of Visit Champaign County, is bringing the Twice Baked Potato Casserole from Black Dog Smoke & Ale House to the table. Meanwhile fellow Visit Champaign County staff member, Terri Reifsteck, Vice President of Marketing & Community Engagement with Visit Champaign County, would delight everyone with the Macaroni & Cheese from Wood N’ Hog Barbecue. Laura Bleill, Mom-in-Chief at ChambanaMoms.com wants to make sure guests enjoy the Truffle Fries from Sun Singer.

DESSERT

No meal is complete without dessert! Andrea Ruedi, Senior Advisor for Integrated Strategy Development for the City of Urbana, says the Layered Carrot Cake from Rick’s Bakery is a real treat. Carly McCrory-McKay, Executive Director of the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, simply says pie from Hopscotch Bakery + Market. With all the choices, we’ll just eat all the pie!

We want to know, what local dish would you bring to a holiday dinner?