Interim Public Health Director Joseph "J.T." Terry delivered first round of vaccines to West Suburban Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital. | Photo credit: Village of Oak Park

The village of Oak Park Public Health Department got over 600 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Dec. 17 in its initial allotment, according to a village news release.

Health care workers and those working in healthcare settings at risk of exposure are the first who will get vaccinated, per state and federal recommendations.

As such, Oak Park’s doses were distributed to Rush Oak Park Hospital and West Suburban Medical Center. Depending on supply levels, hospital distributions will continue over the next several weeks.

“Vaccinations for all hospital healthcare workers, Oak Park paramedics and residents at long-term care facilities are anticipated to take several weeks,” the news release reads. “CVS and Walgreen’s drug stores are coordinating long-term care facility vaccinations under a national program expected to start later this month.”

The village of Oak Park will have more information in January regarding when the general public might expect to get vaccinated. 

Interim Public Health Director Joseph “J.T.” Terry urges residents to continue practicing social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands with frequency.

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