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Younger people getting vaccinated excited for summer activities

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LIBERTY, Ill. (WGEM) -- If you're looking to get a COVID-19 vaccine close to home there will be many more opportunities in the coming weeks.

Wednesday at Liberty High School more than 30 people of all ages, but especially younger people, came out to get either the second shot of the Pfizer or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

If you or your kids missed the vaccine clinic, there will be another one here Thursday at QND.

It's all part of an effort from the Adams County Health Department to reach people, especially those under 18, with the vaccine where they are in their community.

Kids getting the vaccine said they're excited to be vaccinated for the summer.

Right before his liberty high school baseball game today 15 year old Jarred Owens was across the street getting his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

For him, it means getting to get out and play more.

"More freedom I mean, getting to do more stuff not having to stay at home and do nothing and that kind of gets old after a while," said Owens.

But another big aspect for him is getting to have all his family come to his games again.

"Last year we couldn't play, but there was some questions about it like fans limits and stuff like that but I think now there's a lot more freedom," said Owens.

He isn't the only one excited about sports.

"Softball tournaments," said 14-year old QND student Carlee Gilker, "I play in softball almost every weekend,"

Gilker also got her second dose Wenesday, but she said just getting out again, while being cautious, is still #1.

"And be able to set it to go out and my friends again and maybe I'm more normal life than before," said Gilker, "I'd still like to wear my mask but maybe being less over protective about it."

Gilker said she's glad to be able to help push toward getting the percentage of those vaccinated higher.

"It feels great. I like to be involved with things, because I like to feel that I'm being helpful with making sure everyone's protected around me like the ones I love and myself," said Gilker.

That vaccine clinic Thursday will be at the QND cafeteria from 3:30-5:30 P.M.

Other up-coming clinics:

  • Monday, June 14 from 3:30pm-5:30pm at Central High School South Gym (2110 State Highway 94, Camp Point)
  • Tuesday, June 15 from 3:30pm-5:30pm at Payson Elementary School Multipurpose Room (404 W State St, Payson)
  • Wednesday, June 16 from 3:30pm-5:30pm at Quincy Senior High School Commons (3322 Maine St, Quincy)
  • Thursday, June 17 from 3:30pm-5:30pm at Unity High School Gym (453 W Collins St, Mendon)

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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