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McDonough Co. health officials look to prevent COVID-19 surge

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MACOMB (WGEM) -- As coronavirus vaccine eligibility is set to expand to all Illinois residents age 16 and older on Monday, officials at the McDonough County Health Department say they have plan to get the vaccine to as many young people as possible.

Emergency Response Coordinator Ben Thompson said one part of their plan to is to offer 3,000 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine to Western Illinois University students on Wednesday and Thursday.

He said the timing couldn't be better as they've been seeing a spike in the county's COVID-19 cases recently.

"Grateful for the state to recognize that cases are increasing among college-age students and the need to get them vaccinated, especially before they go home for the end of the semester," Thompson said.

He said whatever doses aren't used will go to community vaccine clinics so nothing go to waste.

Thompson said they're also working with the state and local school districts to offer the Pfizer vaccine to high school students ages 16 and 17.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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