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Teachers, other essential workers can sign up for COVID vaccine in Adams County starting Sunday

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- Your kids teachers, your bus driver, and your mail person in Adams County will soon be able to sign up for their turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Officials with the Adams County Health Department [ACHD] said the next phase begins Monday in Quincy.

Quincy Public School Superintendent Roy Webb said around two thirds of people working in their schools have said they plan to get the vaccine, he said it's a small step towards things getting back to normal in your kids' classrooms.

"You know, our teachers have been dealing with risk. They've been dealing with quarantines they've been dealing with a lot of different issues. So, this is one step to get back to a more of a normal environment for everybody," said Webb.

He said sign ups started today for their 1200 staff members, many of whom said they're ready for the vaccine.

"Our teachers are excited about the opportunity so we'll have about 800 employees bus drivers cooks custodians teachers, all going to get vaccinations next week," said Webb.

Starting Monday they'll be heading to the Oakley-Lindsay center downtown in Quincy to get that vaccine.

ACHD Public Information Officer Emily Andrews said the vaccine is also going to be available to those 65 and older from surrounding counties on Monday as well.

"So that we can get the vaccine out to those older individuals as soon as possible," said Andrews.

She said the ACHD is stepping up to vaccinate those 65 and older in Adams, Brown, Hancock, Pike and Schuyler counties as Quincy is a regional focus point for healthcare.

"Decrease the incidence of them coming into Blessing Hospital so that we can free up the hospital resources for those who need it," said Andrews.

Webb said they too at Quincy Public Schools will be doing their part as well.

"I think they're excited about that. I think they're excited to stay a little safer and, and also have there the kids more safe and the entire community," said Webb.

The important thing to remember is the sign ups are available to those 65 and over in surrounding counties, but not for essential workers from surrounding counties at this time.

To sign up, you can go to http://www.adamscountytogether.com/vaccinate

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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