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Quincy police, Salvation Army homeless shelter prepare for COVID vaccine

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PHASE 1B NEARS 6PKG

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- Quincy Police Department officials said they are taking steps to get ready for the vaccine to arrive.

Four Quincy Police Department officers are out right now because of COVID-19.

QPD Deputy Chief of Operations Shannon Pilkington said the vaccine is crucial to keep their operations running efficiently.

"We have shift minimums and if we go below those minimums, we have to hire back, and that's the minimum number of officers we feel that we need on the street to give adequate services to our citizens," Pilkington said.

"If we can't maintain those shift minimums, we have a problem."

Pilkington said the first thing they have done is become educated about the vaccine.

"We hosted a zoom meeting with all the officers with Dr. Raj from Q-M-G and he answered any questions the officers had and he talked about the vaccine," Pilkington said.

Across the street from the Quincy Police Department is The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter, where officials said they are excited to be next in line to receive the vaccine, as they are also apart of Phase 1-B.

"I want to stay healthy and keep the people that are around me that I love, healthy too," the Salvation Army Regional Social Services Director, Heidi Welty, said.

Welty said it is important the vaccine is available to them to keep people living in close parameters in the shelter safe.

"So the fact that the vaccine is available to them, that can give them the opportunity if they feel confident and safe to do that," Welty said.

Deputy Chief Pilkington says QPD has been working closely with the Adams County Health Department on what the distribution process will look like and when.

He suspects they will receive the shots either next week or the week after.

Both QPD and The Salvation Army officials say the vaccine is not a requirement for the people in their departments, but Deputy Chief Pilkington says he suspects a majority of their officers will get the vaccine.

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Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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