Local health department to not reduce hours thanks to county funding

A local health department that was planning to reduce the number of days it was open due to Illinois’ budget impasse is now going to stay open five days a week.

Earlier this year, the Jackson County Health Department announced that starting December 1st, it would only be open Mondays – Thursdays.

The health department said it was reducing it hours because of the state budget impasse, which is impacting their state funding.

But thanks to the Jackson County Board, the health department can now stay open five days a week.

On November 17, the County Board approved a new fiscal year budget that covers 50% of the health department’s pension costs.

By covering a portion of the pension costs, the board has freed up about $127,000 in the health department’s budget.

That money will allow the health department to stay open five days a week and offer longer clinic hours.

That means the following hours are in place.

All immunization, including flu shots, are now available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The late clinic has been moved from Thursday to Tuesday, which allows immunizations to be offered until 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

WIC clinic hours are also being extended until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

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