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Adams Co. expands eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- The Adams County Health Department announced Friday that it had vaccinate over 5,000 Adams and Brown County residents against COVID-19 last week and was expanding eligibility for the vaccine.

Individuals 65+

Health officials stated individuals 65 years and above not only in Adams and Brown Counties, but also Hancock, Pike and Schuyler Counties, Illinois will be able to get vaccinated next week.

Health officials added this will not only assure older individuals who are more likely to become seriously ill from COVID-19 are protected, but will also lower incidence of hospitalization and opening up additional medical capacity.

Beginning Sunday at 3 p.m. any person who is 65 or older may visit our registration website at adamscountytogether.com/vaccinate to make an appointment.

Beginning Monday at 10 a.m. these individuals may also call 217-600-4VAX to make a vaccine appointment.

Health officials stated there will also be future opportunities for residents age 65 and older of Brown, Hancock, Pike and Schuyler counties to opt for a more local vaccination opportunity if they wish to do so, and individuals who wish to vaccinate locally may reach out to their local health department in Brown, Hancock, Pike or Schuyler County.

Teachers

Health officials also announced on Friday that next week the department’s COVID-19 vaccination site will distribute additional doses with a substantial focus on the education sector of the population. This expansion is aimed at assuring our young students and their teachers are able to remain healthy in their school setting and to reduce staffing challenges in our school districts.

Officials added teachers will begin registering through their school district. If a teacher misses the opportunity to register through their employer, they will also be able to register at adamscountytogether.com/vaccinate beginning Sunday 3 p.m.. Alternately, these individuals may register by calling 217-600-4VAX beginning Monday at 10 a.m.

Daycare providers, Public transit workers, Postal employees

Health officials also announced that all licensed daycare providers, public transit workers and US Postal Service workers who are employed in Adams County will be able to register for vaccination beginning Sunday at 3 p.m. by visiting adamscountytogether.com/vaccinate. Alternately, these individuals may register by calling 217-600-4VAX beginning Monday at 10 a.m.

What to bring for your vaccine

Health officials are asking all individuals registering bring proof of identity as well as the ticket they receive through email upon registering online or the ticket number they receive by registering through the vaccination registration line with them to their vaccine appointment.

Those that register as an educator, daycare provider, healthcare provider, transit worker, or other work category are also asked to bring proof of employment that matches the employer identified on their registration form.

Times and location

Vaccines will be given at the Oakley Lindsey Center next week by appointment only during the following hours of operation:

Monday, January 25 from 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Tuesday, January 26 from 12:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Wednesday, January 27 from 12:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Thursday, January 28 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Friday, January 29 from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Additional vaccination opportunities

Health officials reported there will be additional vaccination opportunities during the first week in February, which will be announced when they are made aware of the vaccine supply for that week.

Adams County residents with questions or concerns are encouraged to visit co.adams.il.us/government/departments/health-department.

For general questions about COVID-19, call the Illinois Department of Public Health COVID-19 Hotline 1-800-8893931 or email: dph.sick@illinois.gov.

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