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Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) said COVID-19 vaccination rates remain low in many rural parts of his district. He said he does not know why rural residents are hesitant to get inoculated.

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Less than 50% of west central Illinois residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Dr. Ed Card, Chief Medical Officer at McDonough District Hospital, said that should be a concern for everyone.

Study Finds COVID-19 Vaccine Lotteries Don't Increase Vaccination Rates

Jul 7, 2021

A new study suggests lottery-based incentives do not increase COVID-19 vaccination rates.

As Iowa Opens Up, COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Continue to Slow

Jun 22, 2021
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On a recent hot Thursday evening at the Broadway Neighborhood Center in Iowa City, a group of University of Iowa student volunteers set up a mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

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John Smith, Interim Vice President for Student Services at Western Illinois University, said the state's universities are working together to make sure they're all on the same page about how to reopen this fall.

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The city administration had proposed offering a financial incentive for city workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. But this week it dropped the plan.

Rich Egger

The administration at Macomb City Hall has proposed offering a financial incentive to encourage employees to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Vast Majority of Iowa's Counties Decline COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation

May 26, 2021
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As demand for the COVID-19 vaccine continues to drop, Iowa health officials say they've accepted just 12 percent of the vaccine allocation from the federal government this week.

COVID-19 vaccination rates are lower in rural counties than in urban counties, according to a new

Expert: Iowans Should Ease Pandemic Precautions at Their Own Pace

May 21, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recent relaxation in its restrictions for those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 has left some anxious about the drastic change.

Illinoisans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear face masks in most circumstances, Gov. JB Pritzker said Monday.

Pritzker’s announcement follows updated guidelines released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .

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People throughout the region will have numerous opportunities to get inoculated in the coming days and weeks. We will refresh the page as updates are made available.

As Demand for COVID-19 Vaccinations Drop, One Community Nears Herd Immunity

May 5, 2021
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The number of Iowans who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 is still far below what experts say is needed for herd immunity, and demand for the vaccine is decreasing.

At the Orr Building at the corner of the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Lisa Scacco — sporting an “I got my COVID-19 vaccine” sticker — spends the observation period after her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

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Western Illinois University said this week's mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics will still take place on the Macomb campus. They will use the two-dose Moderna vaccine rather than the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine as originally scheduled.

Saturday's torrential rains did not stop people from coming out to the COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic in Macomb.

The McDonough and Schuyler County Health Departments are partnering with McDonough District Hospital to hold a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood says he's now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. But for those hesitating to roll up their sleeves, he said not to take his word for it.

Illinois State University and other public higher education institutions want the Illinois Department of Public Health to require students be vaccinated for COVID-19 if they attend classes in the fall.

Some states are saying they won’t use Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine to immunize vulnerable, harder-to-reach populations, including agriculture workers, over concerns about equity and perceptions of how well it protects against COVID-19. 

Reynolds Says COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Might Expand to All Adult Iowans on April 5

Mar 18, 2021
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Gov. Kim Reynolds says an anticipated increase in vaccine supply from the federal government means eligibility could open in early April.

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Friday afternoon launched a COVID-19 vaccine hotline — something advocates have been asking Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration to do for months.

At this point in the pandemic, OSF HealthCare says it will not turn away the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine "if it's the only option" available for patients.

LaHood: More COVID Vaccine Doses Needed

Feb 24, 2021
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U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL) said the Biden administration should negotiate with COVID-19 vaccine makers to boost production. LaHood said that's the only way the U.S. will achieve herd immunity this summer.

People in Des Moines County who have been waiting for a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine might not have much of a wait left. Health Department Director Krista Poggemiller said they're closing in on the end of their waiting list for the vaccine after administering 1,000 doses per week.

Weeks into Vaccine Rollout, Some Worry Vulnerable Iowans Will Be Left Behind

Feb 23, 2021
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Iowa is now weeks into Phase 1B of distributing the coronavirus vaccine. That phase includes more than a half million Iowans ages 65 and older. With vaccine demand still far outstripping supply, many Iowans are struggling to get an appointment and are frustrated. But some worry the state’s most vulnerable residents are also at risk for getting left behind.

Public university presidents recently wrote Gov. JB Pritzker, asking him to make higher education a priority area for COVID-19 vaccinations. But with only a limited number of doses available, Pritzker said he made the decision to place higher ed staff and students in the 1C class--or at least behind K-12 students.

Iowa's Rural Areas Face Additional Challenges for Vaccine Rollout

Feb 5, 2021

Iowa opened the next phase for vaccine distribution during the first week of February. Phase 1B includes frontline essential workers as well as Iowans 65 and older.

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The presidents of Illinois' public universities believe the state should make it a higher priority to provide COVID-19 vaccinations for higher education's faculty, staff, and students.


The McDonough and Schuyler County Health Departments said they will begin administering the coronavirus vaccine on Monday, February 1, 2021.