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Vaccines (Updated 6/15/2021)The Rock Island County Health Department will host three pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week. The first will be on Wednesday from 9 am until noon at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Moline. The second will be on Thursday from 1 to 3 pm at Second Baptist Church in Rock Island. And finally, two state agencies will help offer vaccinations on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9 am until 4 pm at the Bend XPO in East Moline. The Scott County Health Department offers a weekday, Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinic on the 4th floor of the Scott County Administrative Center, 600 W. 4th St. in Davenport. Illinois and Iowa residents are eligible, and walk-ins are welcome.Rock Island County Health Department, 309.793.1955. Tuesdays and Fridays, 9 am until 4 pm (but not during the noon hour) at its offices at 2112 25th Ave. in Rock Island. The CDC has a Vaccine Finder website for the entire country. Click HERE for a Quad Cities area search.Find a list of local providers as curated by the QC COVID Coalition on togetherqc.comCASI, the Center for Active Seniors in Davenport, is helping Scott County residents 65 and older with online vaccine registration. The number to call is 563.386.7477.COVID-19 Testing InformationBesides checking the county health department websites, check HERE for permanent Illinois DPH test sites and HERE for mobile test sites. Community Health Care clinics in the Illinois Quad Cities and the CVS in Rock Island are included, but registration and screening are required.Go to DoINeedaCOVID19Test.com to find pharmacies that offer free testing in both Illinois and Iowa.Iowa residents can register for a free COVID-19 test at TestIowa.com. The Iowa DPH testing in Scott County is by appointment at NorthPark Mall in Davenport.Local Resources:TogetherQC - Quad Cities COVID-19 Coalition ResponseRock Island County Health Department, 309.793.1955Scott County Health Department, 563.326.8618Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

Quad Cities Halts Use of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

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Marianna Bacallao, WVIK News
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Distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has stopped in the Quad Cities, following the discovery of a rare side effect. Out of nearly 7 million recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 6 people have developed blood clots, one of whom died as a result.

Dr. Louis Katz of the Scott County Health Department says the health departments are pausing out of an abundance of caution, but he expects the pause to last days, not weeks.

“At the rate that we see this, the risk from COVID still remains far higher in almost all circumstances than the risk from the J&J vaccine. As a male aged 70, if I hadn’t already been vaccinated, and I was offered the J&J vaccine today, knowing what I know, I would roll up my sleeve and take it.” 

Katz says Moderna and Pfizer, the two coronavirus vaccines that use mRNA, do not pose similar risks. While it hasn’t been proven, his data suggests a connection between side effects in AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

“Rare patients immunized with the J& J vaccine, in addition to making an immune response to SARS-CoV-2, make an immune response that activates their platelets, causing spontaneous blood clotting.”

But Katz says that’s not the definitive answer. Sophisticated testing is still needed before doctors fully understand the cause of these side effects.

For the roughly 4,000 people who have taken the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the Quad Cities, Katz says to watch for new shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe headaches 7 to 21 days after immunization.

The Rock Island County Health Department will switch from Johnson & Johnson to Moderna for Thursday’s vaccination clinic at the Camden Centre in Milan.