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(Urbana, Illinois | January 28, 2021) – OSF HealthCare, in partnership with the ChampaignUrbana Public Health District and the Village of Rantoul, will be hosting a community-based
COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Rantoul.
The vaccine clinic will be held at the Rantoul Youth Center, 1306 Country Club Lane in Rantoul,
on February 3 and 4. The clinic is available to Champaign County residents aged 65 and up, as
well as in-person staff for State of Illinois approved early childhood and daycare facilities and K12 school employees. You may be asked to show an ID for employment verification.
Appointments can be made here or by calling (217) 892-6844. If you have any questions or
concerns during registration, an email address has been established to provide assistance,
vaccinations@myrantoul.com. If you don’t feel well the day of your appointment, please call or
e-mail to re-schedule.
“Because vaccines quantities remain limited, those who wish to receive a vaccination must have
an appointment,” said Courtney Luth, director of physician offices in Champaign-Urbana for
OSF Medical Group. “Patients will need to bring their insurance card, wear a mask, and plan
to stay for at least 15 minutes after receiving the vaccination for observation, and wear
clothing that allows easy access to the upper portion of their arm for the injection.”
It’s important to note, you cannot get the coronavirus from the vaccine.
“Any possible side-effects, such as a sore arm or headache, is the body’s natural immune
system response,” said Dr. Andrew Zasada, MD, an OSF Medical Group primary care
physician. “The side effects indicate the vaccine is working and the body is learning to fight
COVID-19. If someone is then exposed to COVID-19, the body would respond in a way it has
been trained.”
During the community clinic, Dr. Zasada and Flora-Adams Williams, a physician assistant with
OSF Medical Group, will be present to answer questions about the vaccine and assist in
monitoring those who received it.
“We’re extremely excited to be able to host this clinic in partnership with the ChampaignUrbana Public Health District and OSF HealthCare,” said Charles Smith, mayor of Rantoul.
“We’re hoping to fill every appointment and vaccinate as many Champaign County residents as
possible, because this is our best shot to ending this pandemic.”
While the COVID-19 vaccination is free, health care providers are allowed to charge an
administrative fee to cover costs related to vaccine distribution.
Insurance plans and governmental payers are required to pay for the administration fees with
no out-of-pocket expense to patients. OSF HealthCare also believes no individual
should have to pay for this administrative fee and will not pass the costs on to
anyone without insurance. If you receive a bill for the administrative fee or a notice from
your insurance company that the administrative fee is being applied toward your deductible,
please contact OSF HealthCare at (800) 421-5700.
More information about the COVID-19 vaccine, including a list of frequently asked questions,
can be found at osfhealthcare.org/vaccine, or at www.c-uphd.org

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