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The COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Camden Centre in Milan is now accepting walk-ins whenever it's open.

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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.

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Rock Island County is one of two counties in Illinois that will receive state help to offer a new, mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic. (The other county is Grundy.)

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More new cases of the coronavirus were reported in the Quad Cities today - 27 in Scott County (total of 19,598), and an average of 29 per day over the weekend in Rock Island County (total of 14,443).  

There were no new deaths in either county (total of 313 in Rock Island County and 239 in Scott County), and the positivity rate in the Illinois Quad Cities is 4%, and it's 7.4% in the Iowa Quad Cities. The rates have been gradually rising over the past several days.  See the slide show above for statistics and graphs showing trends.  Dubuque County reports no new deaths, 17 new cases, and a positivity rate of just 1.7%. Illinois health officials reported 2,000 new cases and 28 additional deaths on Monday, along with nearly 17,000 vaccinations administered. The statewide test positivity rate is 4%.  The Iowa Department of Public Health on Monday reported 160 new COVID-19 cases, and seven additional deaths. Iowa’s test positivity rate is 4.2%. State data also shows more than 1 million Iowans have been fully vaccinated, and 278,000 more people have received one dose so far. 

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Local health officials continue to worry about recent increases in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Rock Island County has reported 13,639 confirmed cases, and Scott County reports a total of 18,370. 


At this week’s COVID vaccination clinic, Rock Island County residents parked outside the TaxSlayer Center, listening to 89.7 FM and waiting for their time slot to be called. 


Inside, dozens of Medical Reserve Corps volunteers took temperatures, administered doses of the Moderna vaccine, and monitored patients for allergic reactions. 


To comply with the new state law, Tuesday Davenport schools will begin offering 100 per cent in-person learning.

Superintendent T.J. Schneckloth says since the fall the district has offered either a hybrid plan or all virtual learning at home. And he admits to having mixed feelings about welcoming back thousands of students and staff members, five days a week.

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Some local officials think the Quad Cities would be a great location for a mass COVID vaccination site. And they're hoping the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will agree as they implement President Biden's plan to open up to 100 centers across the country.

A member of the Scott County Board of Supervisors, Ken Croken, points to the Quad Cities' central location, and the minor league baseball stadium in downtown Davenport.

Vaccinations have started for teachers and other staff of the Davenport School District. Tuesday through Thursday this week and Tuesday through Thursday next week, about 300 employees each day will receive the COVID vaccine.

District officials say it's important for all members of the community to be vaccinated, but in addition, Iowa has ordered schools to re-open for in-person learning later this month. / IA Department of Public Health

Even though doses of COVID-19 vaccine are scarce right now, the Iowa Department of Public Health has created a new vaccination dashboard. And it features a list of places to register to get immunized as more doses become available.

Click on "Vaccination Provider Information" and select a county on the map. The list of  providers features vaccine sites, addresses, phone numbers, and websites. / Dubuque County Health Department

Local health officials are dealing with many variables as they roll out COVID-19 vaccinations, including how many doses of vaccine they'll receive and when. At the same time, some people are becoming increasingly frustrated by the distribution process.

Michelle O'Neill reports.