Last week DeWitt County received its first shipment of COVID vaccines, being designated by the State of Illinois as a top-50 county in death rate in Illinois, qualifying it to receive the first round of inoculations.
Local health officials say another round of vaccines should not be far off. DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department Director Dave Remmert anticipates this week, another company receiving emergency-use designation and to begin shipping out its vaccine to the public.
Warner Hospital CEO Paul Skowron echoes Remmert's facts on the latest with what happens next for vaccines and points out, by February 1, there could be up to five companies with vaccines readily available.
Last week on Regional Radio News, listeners and readers heard Remmert provide a vote of support for the vaccines and indicates he will be getting inoculated when it is his turn.
Last week, DeWitt County joined Piatt County in coming off the Governor's COVID warning list, something Remmert says is a sign of cases locally starting to drop. He continues to implore the public to be diligent in the things they're doing.