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Mass COVID Vaccination Site in Milan Closes this Week

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WVIK News, Marianna Bacallao
Janet Hill, Chief Operating Officer of the Rock Island County Health Department at the mass vaccination clinic in Milan

Janet Hill, Chief Operating Officer of the Rock Island County Health Department, says the Camden Centre vaccination clinic is responsible for roughly 40% of the 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in the county. And there’s still potential for more shots in the coming days.

“You know, we’ve come so far from the dark days of 2020, but we still need as many people as possible to get vaccinated. The pandemic is not over, but getting your vaccine, doing your part, will bring this pandemic to an end.”

Hill says the only way people can experience a normal Quad Cities summer is through mass vaccination.

“As more people are getting vaccinated, we’ve been seeing fewer and fewer cases being reported every day at the health department. Today, I’m going to report 8 cases. It’s been a very long time since we’ve had a number that low, and that is due to mass vaccination efforts.”

The health department will still sponsor pop-up vaccination sites throughout the summer — like at the June 5th Pride celebration in downtown Moline.

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.