Illinois announces ‘college vaccination days’ to encourage young adults to get vaccinated
ROCK ISLAND, Illinois (KWQC) -With young adults driving surges in COVID cases, the state of Illinois is encouraging them to get vaccinated with “College Vaccination Days” when vaccine appointments will be available to all college students. Local experts say this push is especially important to reach those living on campus.
“We are social people, especially college age students and you know, you are living in close quarters, you are sharing a room with someone maybe, you are sharing a space with many roommates in an apartment and you want to blow off some steam so I understand the strong desire to hang out together but that is a risky behavior if you’re not vaccinated,” says Janet Hill, Chief Operating Officer at the Rock Island County Health Department.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, beginning in April, the highest case count in Illinois was among those in their 20′s. Over the past month, cases among those 18-24 have doubled.
“Many of those people are college age, so we think it’s really important for people to understand that now everyone 16 and older is now eligible to get the vaccine and we certainly encourage them to do it,” says Hill.
Augustana has already started their vaccination process with a mass vaccine clinic in hopes of vaccinating as many as possible and encouraging more to get the shot.
“Staying on campus together and having that in-person learning and residential living experience, I think this further promotes that students can feel comfortable and confident being on campus,” says Kirby Stockwell, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist at Augustana College.
With young adults bring the main source of increases in COVID cases, the college hopes the state’s push to vaccinate students will help them return to a more normal college experience.
“We have been on campus all year from August until now and our students have done a great job coexisting with COVID and I think this is that last step to possibly returning to normal,” Stockwell says.
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