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COVID-19 Vaccinations Begin at Friendship Manor

Friendship Manor

A retirement center in Rock Island is working to give residents and staff the chance to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. 

Michelle O'Neill reports. 

Friendship Manor has held two clinics, one for those who live and work in skilled nursing units, and another for people who live more independently.

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Friendship Manor
Ted Pappas, Pres. and CEO of Friendship Manor

Ted Pappas, President and CEO of Friendship Manor, says even after an extensive campaign to teach staff about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, only about 35% decided to get immunized.

But 88% of Friendship Manor residents have received their first doses.

On average throughout the country, 45-50% of nursing home employees have been getting the injections.

No one who got one at the retirement center had any serious side effects, so he hopes more workers decide to get the vaccine.

The next COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Friendship Manor will be held on February 8th, 17th, and March 1st. They're for second doses and people who missed the first round.

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