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Rock Island County ready to vaccinate everyone 16 and older on April 12

In just a few weeks, all Michiganders over the age of 16 will be eligible for a vaccine.
And as...
In just a few weeks, all Michiganders over the age of 16 will be eligible for a vaccine. And as more people become eligible, more people are likely to have questions.(WJRT)
Published: Mar. 23, 2021 at 4:03 PM CDT
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QUAD CITIES (KWQC) - Keep April 12 in mind. According to Nita Ludwig with the Rock Island County Health Department, on that day, every Illinois resident age 16 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. In her remark delivered through the Quad City Covid-19 Coalition call, some 50,000 Rock Island County residents have received at least one dose so far, and almost 18,000 are fully vaccinated.

This week, higher education staff, government workers and members of the media became eligible. Next Monday, food and beverage workers, construction workers and religious leaders will get their shots. Then, on April 12, everyone gets their turn.

She says the clinic at the Camden Centre in Milan is ready for the influx of people. The health department staff and volunteers, along with 63 Illinois National Guard soldiers, and more than 20 contract nurses can vaccinate up to 6,000 people a week, depending on vaccine supply. Add that to healthcare and pharmacy partners and she says you can start to see the real impact.

All Illinois residents age 16 and older can get their vaccines free of charge at the Camden Centre in Milan. To make an appointment, find registration links at richd.org or the Rock Island County Health Department’s Facebook page. The health department must rely on a state vendor to create the links for each clinic day.

Starting next month, Ludwig added, the state of Illinois is expecting more than 1 million doses coming into the state each week with thousands of them headed to Rock Island County. In Iowa, the target date to offer vaccinations to everyone is April 5, depending on what’s available. Amy Thoreson with the Scott County Health Department says just because all adults may become eligible, does not mean every adult will be able to get a dose of vaccine on that day.  She says it will take weeks and maybe months for supply to fully arrive, vaccine appointments to be created and scheduled, and for vaccines to be given.

Current COVID-19 case count

Scott County – Positive tests total: 18,843

7-day positivity rate: 9%, compared to 4% last week)

Total deaths in Scott County: 224

Total vaccinated:  22,700 Scott County residents fully vaccinated (69,100 total vaccines given by Scott County vaccine providers)

Rock Island County – 21 new cases since Monday; total of 13,237

7-day positivity rate: 2.4% on March 20, down from 3% on March 13 (most recent data)

Regional positivity rate: 3.6% on March 20

Currently in hospital in Rock Island County: 12

Region 2 hospitalizations: 6 days of COVID-19 patient increases

Total deaths in Rock Island County: 306

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