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Convenience Key to Get Truckers Vaccinated

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Healthy Trucking of America
A woman gets a COVID-19 vaccination at the Walcott Truckers Jamboree.

As thousands of people visit this year's Walcott Truckers Jamboree, they can get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Through Saturday, Healthy Trucking of America will work with the Scott County Health Department to offer free vaccines and boosters at the I-80 Truck Stop.

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Healthy Trucking of America
Jon Slaughter, Healthy Trucking of America

Jon Slaughter, from the Healthy Trucking nonprofit, says truckers can ask questions, learn about COVID vaccines, and then get a shot.

He says truckers are particularly susceptible because 60% are morbidly obese. Their immune systems aren't in good shape either, because truckers usually don't have access to healthy food.

Other health information will also be available to truckers and everyone who visits the Healthy Trucking booth at the jamboree.

The group will also offer free scans for diabetic retinopathy.

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The Walcott Truckers Jamboree runs through Saturday at the I-80 Truck Stop. It's free and attracts more than 40,000 people to enjoy:

- Antique Trucks,
- a Super Trucks Beauty Contest,
- Iowa Pork Chop Cookout,
- Trucker Olympics, exhibits, shopping, and more.

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