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Rich Egger

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.

Rich Egger

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.

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

Like other governors nationwide, Gov. JB Pritzker has recently taken to criticizing a slower-than-anticipated COVID-19 vaccination effort at Illinois’ long-term care facilities by pharmacy giants CVS and Walgreens.

Public health officials say they‘ll work to increase vaccination rates across Illinois.

The announcement comes as the the U.S. is expected to have the worst run of measles cases since the disease was deemed eliminated in the year 2000.

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As preventable diseases make a comeback, Illinois is increasing immunization requirements for schools.

A Look Inside the Resurgence of Measles

Mar 12, 2014
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Measles is a highly contagious, viral disease. Measles was considered eradicated from the U.S. in 2000. In the last month, 2 cases have been reported in McDonough County.

Measles Exposure in McDonough County

Feb 26, 2014
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A young child who was visiting Macomb came down with a case of the measles, raising concerns about who might have been exposed to the virus.