Covid-19 Update: Change in county vaccine scheduling process: Dear Residents of Prairie Grove, Please see the following announcement regarding a change in McHenry County's Covid-19 vaccination process: In preparation for April 12, when Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Vaccination Plan takes effect and all Illinois residents age 16 and older are eligible to receive vaccine, the McHenry County Department of Health has changed its vaccine scheduling process.   There is no longer a need to enroll to be notified when a vaccine appointment is available. Now, any eligible resident or employee can look online for available appointments at a MCDH clinic. MCDH regularly loads new appointments into its new scheduling system, so it is recommended that you frequently check the registration page for new appointments. Eligibility does not mean an appointment will be immediately available, so it could take some time before you are able to schedule an appointment.   Appointments at MCDH clinics continue to be held for McHenry County residents and for those who work in the county. Anyone who does not meet this requirement will be turned away from a clinic.   To verify you are eligible to receive the vaccine, you will be asked to complete a brief COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire. If eligible, you will advance to a screen where you type “McHenry” in the search bar. This will bring up a list of clinics currently scheduled. The title of each clinic lists the date and type of vaccine being administered at that clinic. Clinics that require a voucher code to schedule an appointment will be noted in the title of the clinic. First dose appointments do not require a voucher code to register.   When you are able to schedule a first dose appointment and complete the registration process, you will be provided a QR code that you will need to bring with you when you arrive to the clinic. This code can be saved to your phone or printed out. In addition to the code, you will need to bring photo identification and proof of employment (if you are eligible to receive the vaccine because of your employment/employer).   To prevent crowding and ensure social distancing, please arrive on time and do not line up outside of the building until 5 minutes before your appointment. You will not be able to enter the building until it is time for your appointment, so please wait in your vehicle if you arrive early.    Those with limited or no access to the internet or who need assistance scheduling an appointment may call the MCDH Call Center at (815) 334-4045 or the IDPH Hotline at (833) 621-1284.   Finally, State and Federal partnerships with retail pharmacies are another option for receiving vaccine. Locations of participating pharmacies can be found at coronavirus.illinois.gov. Please check each location’s eligibility and scheduling requirements. We encourage all residents and workers to explore all options to be vaccinated and take the first available appointment offered them.   For more information about where to receive a vaccine, please visit MCDH’s Vaccine Locations page.   Best wishes for continued health, David F. Underwood, Ph.D. Village President

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Some good news (finally!) regarding Covid-19 vaccinations

Good afternoon Prairie Grove residents,

I wanted to share some good news that we’ve received from the Governor’s Office over the past few days.  

First, the Governor announced that vaccination eligibility will be expanded on April 12 to include anyone aged 16 and older.  Those in vulnerable groups will continue to be allowed to get vaccinations prior to April 12.  Furthermore, all state and local employees who have not already been vaccinated will be made eligible to receive their shots starting Monday, March 22nd. 

A new “bridge” phase, between phases 4 and 5 has been added to the Restore Illinois Plan.  The new phase will allow additional, but not all current restrictions to be lifted, and will start when 70 percent of people over age 65 receive at least one vaccine dose.  The Governor estimates we will reach this milestone in 12-14 days.  New guidance in connection with the bridge phase will impact large indoor gatherings and outdoor events including weddings, graduations, festivals, parades, picnics, art fairs, sporting events, etc.  The updated guidance can be found here.

Please remember that you need to register to get your vaccination.  Prairie Grove’s nearest vaccination site is the Walgreens at Hwy 31 and 176. Click here to check availability.  You can also check the State’s vaccination locations or call the Illinois Department of Public Health hotline at 833-621-1284.

Despite trending in the right direction, we are not out of the woods yet.  Wearing masks is still considered the most important and effective way we, as individuals, can slow the spread of Covid-19.

May you and your families remain healthy in the months ahead!

Very truly yours,

David F. Underwood, Ph.D.
Village President