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Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine clears way for mobile clinics in Quincy

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is in Quincy and going out to those who can't come and get it by themselves.

Adams County Health Department officials said it's making a big difference.

Thousands have waited in the parking lot at the Oakley-Lindsay Center in their cars to get their first or second dose of the vaccine at the mass vaccination site.

Adams County Health officials said the new one dose makes it so they can easily bring the vaccine to people who might have trouble getting to the mass vaccination site.

"I was going just kind of scared to get it because people talk and said that the side effects [were bad, but] so far so good," said Carlene Smith, Quincy Housing Authority resident.

She got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Thursday at the office right next to where she lives.

Smith said she was going to wait to get the vaccine, but a pre-existing condition and a talk with family changed her mind.

"I got diabetes, that's when my daughter talked to me and said I should get it done," said Smith.

Adams County Public Health Administrator Jerrod Welch said bringing the vaccine to the housing authority office helps get the vaccine to people like Smith.

"Because we got this one dose Johnson & Johnson product in. It gives us a chance to get to these places where people it's harder for them to get to us," said Welch, "and it's important to have this one dose, [because] we may come back to a place [to do more vaccines] but we may not get the same group of people in there at that time."

Welch said they worked with organizers at the housing authority who know how to get in touch with the people who live there.

Smith said she has trouble walking, and has had car troubles recently, so this is a life saver.

"We are close, it was really good," said Smith, "and I don't have to go clear to the doctor or go to that one case where you get shot."

Welch said they also brought vaccines to Horizons Soup Kitchen on Thursday.

He said that right now they're looking to continue making visits to horizons and the housing authority, and hope to add more organizations, as well.

Welch said they're also working with in-home care organizations to get the vaccine to people who live alone and don't get out of the house much.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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