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Illinois Adds Booster & Test Availability


Illinois will work with local health departments to help more people get booster shots. Monday Governor JB Pritzker announced the state will more than double the number of people staffing regional sites to administer vaccinations, prepare vaccine doses for clinic personnel, and to do data entry.

In addition, starting next week, the state’s free Community Based Testing Sites will begin operating six days a week to increase COVID-19 testing availability across the state.

In recent weeks, the state of Illinois partnered with Cook County Health to offer two, one day booster clinics, resulting in about the administering of 7,000 shots.

Appointments can be made at each clinic at the links below. Many locations will also accept walk ups.

- Peoria County: www.pcchd.org
- Winnebago County: https://www.wchd.org
- Adams County: https://www.co.adams.il.us/government/departments/health-department/covid-19-vaccination-information

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.