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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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Apr 15, 2021

If you get your Covid vaccine at the Rock Island County mass vaccination clinic in Milan, through May 20, there will be something special that’s literally music to your ears.

Taking a cue from famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s recent impromptu performance during his Covid vaccine observation period, the Rock Island County Health Department and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra are partnering to bring live music to the mass vaccination site at Camden Centre in Milan.

Genesis Health System

A hospital near the Quad Cities has been chosen to help rural residents of Illinois get vaccinated for the coronavirus. Genesis Medical Center-Aledo is one of nine that'll work with the Illinois Department of Public Health in its efforts to help under-served parts of the state.

Administrator Ted Rogalski says the hospital was chosen based on its work with the Mercer County Health Department - they've been receiving just 200 vaccine doses per week, since December for local residents.

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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. 

About half the workers at the Tyson beef plant in Joslin have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Last weekend, with help from Hy-Vee, the company held a free clinic and gave shots to 800 workers, joining 200 others who had already received vaccinations on their own.

Spokesman Derek Burleson says Tyson is not requiring its employees to get vaccinated.


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. / 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. 

QC Vaccination Update

Jan 26, 2021

As COVID vaccinations continue in Rock Island County, the health deparment is working on plans for residents to get a second dose.

Department Administrator Nita Ludwig says the initial recommendation for the Pfizer vaccine was to get the second shot 21 days later, and for Moderna, 28 days later. / RICHD

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.