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COVID-19 Booster Shots Available This Week

This graph shows information from the state health agency. The CDC online COVID-19 tracker shows 46.8% of Rock Island County's population and 51.8% of Scott County's population have been fully vaccinated as of 9/28/2021.

On Friday, the Rock Island County Health Department will start giving third Pfizer injections to those who are eligible.

The CDC and FDA say that includes:

  • People who received their second Pfizer dose at least six months ago (March 18th, 2021 or earlier)
  • Anyone who's 65 years and older
  • Adults from 18-to-64 with underlying medical conditions
  • Anyone 18 and older who's at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission at work or other institutional settings
  • Adults in long-term care.

Here's a link to the Illinois Department of Public Health's web page about third vaccine (booster shot) eligibility: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/third-dose-faq.

And here's the CDC web page about it: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html. (This page includes a list of eligible occupations.)

The booster is only for people who got the Pfizer vaccine. But those whose immune systems are compromised can still get booster shots four weeks after their second dose of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

The Rock Island County Health Department accepts walk-ins for the Pfizer Friday vaccination clinic from 9 am until 4 pm, but not during the noon hour. The address is 2112 25th Avenue, Rock Island.

The Moderna vaccination clinic is held on Tuesdays.

By the way, on Thursday and Friday (9/30 and 10/1/2021), the Rock Island County Health Department's parking lot will be closed. Street parking will be available. And anyone who needs help getting to the building may call to 309.794.7080 to request assistance.

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