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covid vaccine 2 122521SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Doris Turner praised a plan by the Illinois Department of Public Health and Crossing Healthcare of Macon County to administer more vaccines to residents in Decatur, part of a broader pilot program which includes five federally qualified health centers (FQHC) and five safety net hospitals around the state.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the residents of Macon County,” said Senator Turner (D- Springfield). “The launch of the new pilot plan will not only save many lives, but will also forge a partnership that will benefit communities in the future. Recognizing that certain gaps exist in health care access is a huge first step that will lead to successful health outcomes.”

The state will provide each of the sites with approximately 300-500 additional vaccine doses per week. This comes in addition to the doses the state already has slated for distribution to health care partners like local health departments and pharmacies.

“Increasing the number of doses at Crossing Healthcare will be crucial to curbing the disease that has claimed the lives of so many of our family members, friends and neighbors,” Turner added. “Illinois residents, especially those in underserved communities, deserve access to quality services and I am elated about the progress we are making.”

Crossing Healthcare is located at 990 North Water St. Decatur. To find additional information about vaccine availability, including locations and eligibility, visit http://www.coronavirus.Illinois.gov.