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Long before 9 A.M. when Rock Island County's COVID vaccination clinic opened on Tuesday, lines of cars from both directions were waiting in Milan.

Michelle O'Neill has more.

This morning around 8:15, the health department announced its 1,000 doses of vaccine would run out before all the people in line received their injections.

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Hundreds of healthcare workers in the Quad Cities were vaccinated against COVID-19 today.

Healthcare workers were able to stay in the safety—and warmth—of their cars while receiving the Moderna vaccine. The Rock Island County Health Department organized the drive through clinic free of charge. Janet Hill of the health department says the response has been positive. 

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Genesis Health System has started to vaccinate employees who take care of COVID-19 patients. Today, the health care group is vaccinating 30 to 50 employees who are on the front lines, directly taking care of COVID-19 patients in its hospitals.

As local health departments prepare to receive their first shipments of coronavirus vaccine, they continue to reassure us that the vaccine is safe.

Ed Rivers, Director of the Scott County Health Department, says development and production have been speeded up quite a bit for the COVID vaccine but there've been no shortcuts that would compromise safety.

Even as they continue counting hospitalizations and deaths from the coronavirus, local health authorities are planning to start vaccinations. Some residents of the Quad Cities could begin receiving the vaccine as early as next week.

Ed Rivers is Director of the Scott County Health Department.

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Genesis Health System's annual Flu-Free Quad Cities program is going look a little different this year. For some schools, that means added safety measures. For others, it means drive-thru flu shots. But the goal is the same: providing free seasonal flu vaccines to over 8,000 children.

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Quad Cities health officials are worried about a drop in the number of people who've been vaccinated.

And they want to prevent outbreaks of pertussis, measles, meningitis, hepatitis, and other preventable diseases.