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Adams County efforts to get younger people vaccinated

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- The CDC said unvaccinated young people are driving the latest COVID-19 spikes.

And, local schools, like Quincy University, are doing their part to get more of them vaccinated.

QU, administrators said hosting community-wide vaccine clinics on campus is a way to meet students where they're at, to get them vaccinated, while also offering another location for community members to get their shots.

Student Development Vice-President Christine Tracy said they email students and have one-on-one conversations with them in an effort to educate them about the vaccine.

"They're tested so frequently and so much that they realize that the vaccine not only helps them, but it helps the community at large here in Quincy and then when they go home in a couple of weeks," Tracy said.

She said some students don't have a way to travel for their shots and others want to wait till their sports season is over in case they experience side affects.

QU Junior Paul Sullivan, Jr. is a football player who says that's true for him.

"To me it's still a big deal, but you don't have to worry about it as much, getting it or having to quarantine if you get close contact with somebody," he said.

Adams County Health Department Schools COVID Resource Nurse, Tara Bealor, said vaccine clinics at schools is key to mitigate the spread of the virus.

"They travel, they play sports and then they go home to their parents and grandparents, so we want to make sure they're protected so they don't spread it," Bealor said.

She said the health department is doing research to find which group in the population is most at risk of spreading the virus and most impacted by new variant strains.

"If we need more clinics, Quincy University would be happy to host them," Tracy said.

The clinic at QU tomorrow runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; it's for anyone in the community, not just QU students.

Appointments are not necessary, you just show up.

Bealor reminds parents, your 16 and 17-year-olds qualify for the Pfizer vaccine as long as you're with them.

She said the last vaccine clinic for them right now is April 17th at the Oakley-Lindsay Center.

More community vaccine clinics will happen this week in Adams County

Tuesday, April 13

  • 9:00am-11:00am: John Wood Community College Cafeteria (1301 S. 48th St, Quincy)
  • 11:45am-12:45pm: Salvation Army Thrift Store (425 Broadway, Quincy)
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm: Quincy University- Hawks Nest (1810 Lind, Quincy)

Wednesday, April 14

  • 9:00am-11:00am: Quincy Senior Center (639 York, Quincy)
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm: Goodwill (3904 Broadway, Quincy)
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm: Payson Fire Department (205 W. State St, Payson)

Thursday, April 15

  • 10:00am-12:00pm: Camp Point Ambulance Station (301 W. Wood St, Camp Point)
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm: Mendon Ambulance Station (E South St, Mendon)

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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