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Mass COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for QC Healthcare Workers

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Marianna Bacallao
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WVIK News

Hundreds of healthcare workers in the Quad Cities were vaccinated against COVID-19 today.

Healthcare workers were able to stay in the safety—and warmth—of their cars while receiving the Moderna vaccine. The Rock Island County Health Department organized the drive through clinic free of charge. Janet Hill of the health department says the response has been positive. 

“People were very grateful. They’re right there in the frontlines and have been very worried about their health throughout the pandemic, so we’re thrilled to be able to give them their first dose of the vaccine.” 

Hill estimates 400-500 people drove through the Greater Quad City Auto Auction to get vaccinated. After they received their first dose, the health department monitored each patient for 15 minutes before clearing them to leave.

“While it’s very rare, we are watching for anaphylactic shock from an allergic reaction. We’re also watching for nausea, vomiting, extreme tiredness, or becoming faint.” 

Of the nearly 500 people vaccinated, Hill says only one person needed extra care after receiving their shot, for reasons unrelated to the vaccine. 

These mass vaccination clinics will continue on most Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Marianna Bacallao is WVIK Quad Cities NPR's 2020-2021 Fellowship Host/Reporter. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism and served as Editor-in-Chief for the student newspaper, The Cluster.
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