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)
Over the last year, the NAACP has presented virtual town halls that focus on how the coronavirus pandemic impacts African Americans. In this episode of the series, congressional leaders, guest speakers, and health experts joined Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, to provide the latest research information, slowing the spread, vaccine availability, and distribution.
The health departments, local health care systems and the Quad-City COVID-19 Coalition will share with you when it’s your time to get the COVID-19 vaccine. It will be free to you. No one will ask you any financial information. Your turn will come. #vaccinateqc
The following Q & A was addressed on the December 10, 2020 QC COVID-19 press briefing with local media. The full briefing can be viewed here: https://www.scottcountyiowa.gov/health/post/covid-19-press-briefing-december-10-2020
Links to COVID-19 vaccine resources, including the CDC, Iowa and Illinois Health Departments, and Scott and Rock Island County Health Departments are located on the vaccination page: https://togetherqc.com/vaccination/
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This year the holidays are about adapting to keep each other safe, and while we may not be breaking tradition, we are certainly bending it. From socially distant holiday carolers to virtual parties, we’re proving we can still have joy and stay safe, too.
-As you finish up your holiday shopping, consider shopping from home.
-Consider having virtual gatherings to celebrate the holidays.
-Always wear a mask in public and keep social distance when you’re around people outside of your household.
-Wash your hands often.
Extensive vaccination planning has been taking place in Scott and Rock Island Counties. The following Q & A was addressed on the December 8, 2020 briefing with local media. The full briefing can be viewed here: https://www.scottcountyiowa.gov/health/post/covid-19-press-briefing-december-8-2020.
Who is involved in the vaccination planning in the Quad Cities?
What do these plans include?
Should we expect the vaccine distribution to be similar in Iowa and Illinois?
Who is making the decision for which groups get the vaccine when?
Why will healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities get the vaccine first?
How will I know when it’s my turn to get the vaccine?
When will businesses/workers get the vaccine?
What should my business be doing right now to prepare for the vaccine that is to come?
When will I know that it is our turn to get the vaccine for my business and employees?
Where should I look to learn more about the vaccine?
What main message would you like to share with the community about the role each person plays in our vaccination plans?