Millions now qualify for COVID-19 booster shots after the CDC has expanded the eligibility pool.
Anyone 18 years or older can now receive a third injection six months after the last dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months after the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine.
This comes as the average number Covid-19 cases in the nation is now up 24% since Nov. 4.
The Rock Island County Health Department held a special Saturday clinic for children aged 5 to 11 years.
Health officials say this is an effort to get more children vaccinated by Christmas, with the second dose given on Friday, Dec. 10.
Sara Wynn and her daughter Charlotte were at the clinic.
They had to cancel an appointment because Charlotte was exposed at school in Moline.
Charlotte just came out of a 14 day quarantine.
“Her teacher did a fantastic job of getting her and some of her other classmates away, so she worked with her students in the classroom and her students at home,” Wynn said. “That worked out great, but it’s hard not to be part of the classroom environment and to miss your teacher and your classmates, so we’re delighted to be safe and able to be part of a normal day again.”
The next childhood vaccination clinic will be in Rock Island on Monday, November 29.
The health department will continue to offer the Pfizer vaccine to children ages 5 to 11 during clinics most Fridays through the end of January.
Visit the Rock Island County Health Department website or Facebook page For more information.