A recording of the full call can be found here: https://www.scot tcountyiowa.com/health/covid19/news
Pandemic affecting lead testing numbers
Remarks from Edward Rivers, director, Scott County Health Department
COVID-19 vaccine remains the topic of the year. This means you can hardly turn on a TV or jump on social media without hearing news stories about vaccine brands or vaccine supply. A number of national stories have run recently reporting a large increase in vaccine the US and in Iowa in the upcoming weeks. We are excited to hear that supply will be increasing – we are eager to ensure vaccine is available in Scott County to all who want it. However, increased vaccine supply won’t make a difference until it actually reaches out county. Right now, we ask that you continue to remain patient. Your turn will come.
Because the virus is still circulating and additional strains are being found across the U.S., it still remains critically important that we mask and social distance until enough immunity is built up between groups of people that it is safe to relax those measures. We don’t want to slip backwards with all of the progress we have made.
The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t the only public health challenges that we continue to face as a community. Due to a variety of factors related to the pandemic, we in public health are finding a dramatic decrease in the number of children being tested for lead. Lead testing remains a vital component of childhood health. Partners from Live Lead Free QC are here today to discuss this issue more.
Overview of Live Lead Free QC and importance of lead testing for children
PowerPoint presentation attached from Tony Knobbe, Live Lead Free QC president and member of the Scott County Board of Supervisors, and Janet Hill, chief operating officer at the Rock Island County Health Department and board member of Live Lead Free QC.
A recording of the full call can be found here: https://www.scot tcountyiowa.com/health/covid19/news
Remarks from Janet Hill, chief operating officer, Rock Island County Health Department
Winter keeps giving us the one-two punch.
First, because of persistently cold weather, the next three Rock Island County Health Department mass vaccination clinics will be held at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline. Those dates are Feb. 23, March 2 and March 9. We will reevaluate weather forecasts and site availably closer to the March 16 clinic and make a location announcement. We remain grateful to both the TaxSlayer Center and the Greater Quad City Auto Auction for graciously sharing their facilities for this historic vaccination effort.
The other punch comes from vaccine shipments being delayed because of record cold temperatures and snowstorms hitting the southern and eastern parts of the United States. Vaccines coming to Rock Island County are routed through UPS shipping hubs in Louisville, Dallas, Philadelphia and the Chicago area, all places dealing with winter’s wrath this week.
Without a vaccine shipping arriving this week, we are unable to hold as large a clinic as we had been. For Tuesday, we have cobbled together about 200 doses, some of which are going to people who signed up through our partnership with Alternatives for the Older Adult. If we get another shipment before Monday, we will add slots to the Feb. 23 clinic.
In the meantime, please know that we understand your frustration. We are frustrated, too. We along with our healthcare and pharmacy partners want to vaccinate everyone who wants it. This is how we will get to the other side of the pandemic. But right now, vaccine supply remains scarce, with or without a winter storm. Please continue to be patient, wear your mask, watch your distance and wash your hands.
“We have devised a system that will allow people to get their second dose at our mass vaccination clinics without having to compete with people wanting their first dose. Both doses will be given at the same clinics. There will be 2 separate links.People seeking a first dose need to visit our Facebook page or website, richd.org, at 10 a.m. each Friday for a link to the first-dose clinics. A second link will be posted at 11 a.m. each Friday in the same places for those who need the second dose. The second dose might not be exactly 28 days later, but it will be within 42 days that the CDC says is appropriate.”
This is the schedule through the end of March:
Here are the ways to register for vaccine in Rock Island County. Please note the new process for registration at Community Health Care
:• Rock Island County Health Department: Link goes live at 10 a.m. every Friday for first does and a second link at 11 a.m. for second doses on our Facebook page and at our website: richd.org
• Hy-Vee: https://www.hy-vee.com/my-pharmacy/covid-vaccine-consent
• Walgreens: https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19
• Jewel Osco: www.albertsons.com/covidclinic
• Community Health Care: Complete form on www.CHCQCA.org to be added to waitlist
Ways to register for vaccine:
Rock Island County Health Department: Link goes live at 10 a.m. every Friday on the Facebook page and richd.org
The bottom line: We still have more people who want the vaccine than we have doses, but supply and the number of ways to be vaccinated are growing. Your turn will come.
Even after you are vaccinated, please continue to wear your mask, watch your distance and wash your hands. These public health precautions will be with us for months to come.
“Vaccination clinics now require registration; link available FridaysWe are making changes to our mass vaccination clinics every Tuesday at the Greater Quad City Auto Auction, 4015 78th Ave., Milan, in an effort to reduce wait times and traffic. We still are vaccinating people in Phases 1A (healthcare workers) and 1B (frontline essential workers and Rock Island County residents age 65 and older). You must now sign up for a 15-minute time interval. You might not receive the vaccine at the exact time you signed up for, but registration guarantees a dose for you and your place in line.
We have 600 doses available for Tuesday’s clinic and will have 600 slots available to register for online. The registration link will go live at 10 a.m. every Friday that vaccine is available on our website, richd.org, and our Facebook page. Depending on supply from the State of Illinois, vaccine might not be available each week. We will announce how many doses, if any, will be available every Friday.
Please do not call the health department to schedule your time interval. At this time, the only way to reserve a dose for the mass vaccination clinics is through this link available at 10 a.m. Friday. Other options could be available in the future as more vaccine becomes available.
If you do not get a slot, please do not come to the auto auction on Tuesdays because we will not have vaccine to give you. You will be turned away at the entrance unless you have preregistered. Please bring your photo identification or other proof of identity.
To help ease traffic in the area, Rock Island County Sheriff’s deputies will direct drivers to enter coming from the east. Drivers are encouraged to access 78th Avenue from U.S. 150 on the east side of the Quad-City International Airport. Drivers who come across the Veterans Memorial Bridge on the Milan Beltway from Moline will be directed to turn around at either 47th Street or 50th Street near the Group O facility to join the line heading west on 78th Avenue. Deputies will be on hand to direct traffic.
The auto auction’s parking lot will be blocked off until shortly before 9 a.m., and a sheriff’s deputy will be posted at the entrance. Those who registered are asked to tune their radios to 89.7 FM once they reach the vaccination clinic site. We will provide information on the radio station about when your group will be allowed to move to the next checkpoint.
Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your registered time interval because you will not be able to enter at another time. Upon entering, those who registered will be asked to park in a holding area. Residents in that holding area will be told when to proceed to the next station. After residents are vaccinated, they will need to observed for any potential reaction. Portable toilets will be available near the entrance and near the waiting areas in the parking lot. Anyone who is not coming to the clinic, going to work at a nearby business, or visiting a business near 78th Avenue is asked to avoid the area. Please do not block streets and business driveways.We believe that these changes will significantly reduce wait times and traffic in the area, but we must rely on you to follow directions and not come to the site early or without a time slot. All vaccine at the clinic will be given to people who have registered. Vaccine allotments coming into Rock Island County remain low.
Any allotment of doses to Rock Island County must be distributed between the mass vaccination clinics and our partners that also are vaccinating people in Phases 1A and 1B. These include UnityPoint-Trinity, Genesis, Community Health Care, and Jewel-Osco. At this point, UnityPoint-Trinity, Genesis and Community Health Care are focused on vaccinating groups in Phases 1A and frontline essential workers in 1B. Each partner sets its own process for administering the vaccine. Please check the appropriate partner’s website for how to reserve your dose. Slots at this time are very limited because vaccine doses are very limited.
At this time, vaccine supply is low. You may not be able to get your second dose at day 21 (Pfizer) or day 28 (Moderna). If it not available to you at that time, the CDC recommends that you get the second dose as soon as you can.Finally, please do not call the auto auction to ask questions because staff there will not have the vaccine information you seeking.
The health department will provide updates as needed through these media briefings, on our website, or Facebook page and on togetherqc.com. We are grateful for the partnership with Greater Quad City Auto Auction owner Larry Anderson and his staff in providing his business for this valuable community service.
The Rock Island County Health Department will hold a socially distanced drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic for healthcare workers only from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Greater Quad City Auto Auction, 4015 78th Ave., Milan. Vaccine supplies at this point are limited.
Only healthcare workers with appropriate identification are eligible to receive the vaccine at this clinic. RICHD leaders expect to have clinics at the auto auction most Tuesdays until every resident has an opportunity to take the vaccine through this phased approach outlined by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Masks and social distancing requirements will be enforced.
Healthcare workers include: clinicians, (nurses and nursing assistants, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants), physical/occupational/speech therapists, respiratory technicians, dentists, dental hygienists, pharmacists, plasma and blood donation staff, morticians, home health workers, school nurses, optometrists, COVID-19 testing staff, dialysis staff, urgent care workers, corrections nurses/aides, vaccine clinic workers, group home residential staff, environmental service and reception staff at congregate care facilities, congregate care surveyors, hospice and palliative care staff, and community health workers when acting as health aide or health translators.
Until vaccine supplies become more available, priority will given to high-risk healthcare workers involved in direct patient care and those working in transport, environmental services, or other healthcare facility services where the risk of exposure to bodily fluids or aerosols exists.
In addition, we are working out final partnership details with pharmacies in the county to offer vaccines, as well as Community Health Care to offer weekend hours. More information will be available soon.
“We ask for your patience as we move through the largest public heath undertaking in modern history,” said Nita Ludwig, administrator of the Rock Island County Health Department. “We have a plan to vaccinate every eligible resident in Rock Island County, but it will take time. Your turn will come. Please continue to wear your mask, keep 6 feet between you and others and wash your hands frequently.”
Both vaccines given emergency use approval by the federal government require two doses. You will receive a vaccination card noting what vaccine you were given and when you must come back for your second dose. We suggest taking a picture of the card in case you lose it.
When healthcare workers have been vaccinated, we will move to Phase 1B and have directions from the state health department on which groups will go next. We will use the same drive-through facility at the Greater Quad-City Auction in Milan.
The groups include:
IDPH has yet to set groups beyond Phases 1A and 1B. We will tell you when it does.
There will be no out-of-pocket cost to receive the COVID-19 at a RICHD drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic. Other providers may charge an administrative fee that could be billed to insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.
More information will be released as it becomes known. Please keep watching through our media partners, our social media pages, our websites and togetherqc.com.
Scott and Rock Island Counties are currently in the first phase, Phase 1A, of providing COVID-19 vaccine. As additional vaccine makes its way into our community, vaccine will be given to other healthcare workers and then to other priority groups identified by the federal and state advisory groups.
Scott County Current Phase: 1B
Rock Island County Current Phase: 1B
Phase 1B in Illinois:
1B: Critical Workforce (As determined by the Illinois Department of Public Health as of 12/23/2020; Subject to change based on vaccine availability)