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Rock Island County Health Department will be holding a vaccination clinic for healthcare workers

The Rock Island County Health Department will be holding a vaccination clinic for healthcare workers in Milan.

Officials say they will hold a social distanced drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic for healthcare workers only on January 12. This will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greater Quad City Auto Auction located at 4015 78th Avenue in Milan.

Vaccine supplies are limited at this point according to officials.

“Only healthcare workers with appropriate identification are eligible to receive the vaccine at this clinic,” officials said in the release. “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.

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“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.”

Officials say until the vaccine supplies become more available priority will be given to high-risk healthcare workers involves in direct patient care and to those who are 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,” officials said.

“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.”

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