While Illinois is still in phase one of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, which covers health care workers and long-term care residents, some health departments are starting to reach out to the public about the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Southern Seven Health Department is surveying residents to get a sense of who wants to take the vaccine and what concerns people might have.
Community outreach coordinator Shawnna Rhine said so far, the majority of respondents have said they plan to take the vaccine when it is available to them.
For people who are hesitant, Rhine said most have been seeking more information before making a decision.
“We’ve gotten responses such as, they’re just wanting more research done, they’re wanting to talk to their doctor about it, they’re also concerned about any previous reactions they’ve had,” Rhine said.
The results from the survey will be used by the health department figure out how to distribute vaccines among the counties they serve.
The vaccine survey is available on Southern Seven’s website.