MACOMB (WGEM) -- Western Illinois University is about to ramp up vaccinations of people on campus, to prevent a surge.
On April 1, WIU will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for all students, faculty, and staff where they will administer the Moderna vaccine.
Ben Thompson, with the McDonough County Health Department, said they are working with the university as they've seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases.
"It was just a clinic for staff and faculty of the university," Thompson said. "We got additional doses of the vaccine in and we went ahead and opened it up to the university students also."
WIU senior Frank Eyeson said he feels all students should get vaccinated.
"It's good we're defiantly walking so the more people that get vaccinated the better it will be," Eyeson said. "As in trying to get the numbers up of more people vaccinated compared to not."
Joseph Roselieb is the Executive Director of Auxiliary Services & Risk Management at WIU. He said he's confident they are taking the proper steps to keep the numbers down.
"I'm optimistic that we can with this vaccine clinic with additional information that's been sent out and sort of word of mouth," Roselieb said. "That we can continue to sort of get through the next five weeks so that we can do graduation on May 15."
After students, faculty, and staff receive their first dose of the vaccine Thursday between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., they'll return on April 29 for their second dose at the same time.
Health Department officials plan on hosting another COVID-19 vaccine clinic for both McDonough and Schuyler County residents on April 10.