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Adams Co. puts final touches on booster shot clinic

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- Employees at the Adams County Health Department spent their Monday putting the final touches on the coronavirus booster shot clinic set to open on Tuesday.

Located at The Ambiance event space on Kochs Lane, the clinic will run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the next two weeks from 9:00 a.m. to noon and administer booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine.

Health department public information office Emily Andrews said they chose The Ambiance as the clinic's location so they could model the set-up and flow to mirror that of their highly successful mass vaccination clinics held at the Oakley-Lindsey Center.

"We have spots for over 100 people at one time to be able to get the vaccine so we hope that the process is just as efficient as it was over at the Oakley-Lindsey Center," she said.

Health department nursing director Emily Hendrickson said they'll need the space as community interest in booster shots has skyrocketed.

"Two weeks ago our phone were busy and the last two days our phones have been incredibly busy," she said. "We already have over hundreds of people signed up for Tuesday's vaccine administration."

Hendrickson said there are certain people who are eligible to get a booster shot right now.

That includes:

  • Those age 65 and older
  • Those age 50 and older who have underlying conditions such as COPD, asthma, heart disease, diabetes and obesity
  • Those ages 18 to 64 with underlying conditions
  • Those age 18 and older who work in a facility where there is an elevated risk of catching Covid-19

Hendrickson said there are different reasons why those of different ages need booster shots.

"We know that at the age of 65 and older, for most of other vaccines, that vaccine immunity starts to wane a little bit," she said.

As for the younger crowd, Hendrickson said the booster is simply another way to reinforce one's immune response against Covid-19. She said booster shots are not an indication that the Pfizer vaccine doesn't work.

"We know that it's working very well, it's got a high 80 percent effective rate," she said. "Still with the Pfizer vaccine, this is just another mechanism to boost that immunity with all of the variants that exist."

Andrews said they're glad the health department is able to offer those must vulnerable to the coronavirus an added layer of protection.

"It's great to be able to offer the booster to individuals whose immune systems may need a little bit of extra help to protect them against COVID-19," she said.

Those wanting to schedule an appointment can do so online. When you get to your appointment make sure to print and bring your registration form, your original vaccine card and health insurance card if you have it.

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Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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