Novavax COVID-19 vaccine available starting Aug. 22 at Adams County Health Department

QUINCY — The Adams County Health Department will be offering the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine beginning Aug. 22. This vaccine is the first COVID-19 protein subunit vaccine authorized from the Food and Drug Administration. Novavax vaccine is administered as a two-dose primary series for individuals ages 18 and older. The CDC recommends the following schedule: For…

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Illinois stays vaccine, testing mandate on larger public employers after Supreme Court ruling

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Thursday against the Biden administration’s vaccine or testing mandate on employers of more than 100 employees, it’s expected the Illinois Department of Labor’s COVID-19 vaccine or testing mandate will be withdrawn. The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate on private sector businesses with more…

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Illinois lawmaker won’t pursue legislation to make unvaccinated pay health care costs

After receiving “violent threats,” a state rep from suburban Cook County won’t pursue a proposal requiring unvaccinated Illinoisans to pay their health care expenses — including hospital bills — out of pocket if they contract COVID-19. State Rep. Jonathan Carroll, D-Northbrook, said in a statement Thursday that he decided not to pursue the legislation he…

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Unvaccinated COVID patients could pay average of $24K in medical bills under Illinois state representative’s proposal

An Illinois state representative introduced a new bill this week that would force unvaccinated patients to pay their own medical expenses if they receive hospital treatment for COVID-19.

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State worker vaccine deadline extended to Oct. 26 for first dose; negotiations continue with largest public employee union

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday his administration has reached agreement with multiple trade unions requiring certain state workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but it is extending the deadline for workers to get their first shot to Oct. 26 while negotiations continue with the state’s largest public employees union. Pritzker issued executive orders in late…

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WGEM Today anchor terminated from job for refusing to get COVID-19 vaccine

QUINCY — Don Dwyer, an anchor on the WGEM Today morning show since January 2019, was terminated from his job Thursday afternoon because he refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Dwyer was told of his dismissal after a noon meeting with his supervisors at WGEM. “I didn’t know it was coming. I followed every protocol…

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More discharged health care workers take to Broadway picket lines for a second day

QUINCY — The numbers are growing, but local health care providers won’t disclose how many employees have terminated or suspended because they have refused to either receive the COVID-19 vaccine or subject themselves to regular testing. About 30 people gathered at the corner of 12th and Broadway around noon Wednesday carrying signs. They were receiving…

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Blessing, QMG begin terminating or suspending non-vaccinated employees; legal action filed Monday

QUINCY — Eleven former and current employees of Blessing Health System and Quincy Medical Group who say they were suspended without pay or terminated from their jobs because they refused to receive COVID-19 vaccinations or refused to be tested regularly are part of a lawsuit filed Monday in Adams County Circuit Court. On behalf of…

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COVID-19 vaccines now offered in six Memorial Medical Clinics

CARTHAGE, Ill. — Six Memorial Medical Clinics in west-central Illinois now offer COVID-19 vaccinations.  People must call their desired location to schedule a time to receive the vaccine. Vaccines will not be administered on a walk-in basis.  Memorial Medical Clinics can be reached at:  Bowen: 217-842-5211 Carthage-Hospital Campus: 217-357-2173 Colchester: 309-776-3301 Hamilton: 217-847-3383 La Harpe:…

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Don’t use shame to convince people to get vaccinated

In the fall of 2020, I was infuriated to see then-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rushing to seat Justice Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court just 35 days before the 2020 election. After all, he was the one who refused to even hold hearings on Merrick Garland, a moderate choice by any measure, because the…

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Third COVID vaccine shot? Check with your doctor, but probably not yet

QUINCY — Administrator Jerrod Welch said the Adams County Health Department is not currently giving the third vaccine shot to anyone. Welch said the department is instead referring people who ask to talk to their personal physician on what they should do. Only people with weakened immune systems are eligible for the third dose anyway,…

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Two mobile COVID vaccination clinics offered at JWCC

QUINCY — John Wood Community College is collaborating with the State of Illinois to be the site of mobile vaccination clinics fro 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17 and Monday, Aug. 23 in the cafeteria of the Student Administrative Center, 48th and Harrison. The vaccine is free. The clinic is open to the…

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Civility, please

Upon my re-entry into local journalism, there have been two things I have been consistently hearing from readers, friends or just people I run into around town: “The new site is so much better than the last one and so much better than…well, you know…” (Evolution) “Man, you’re not as big of an asshole as…

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Chicago schools mandating masks regardless of COVID-19 vaccine status

By NOAH SHEARIllinois Policy Chicago Public Schools announced July 22 all students and staff must wear masks inside schools for the fall semester, and it doesn’t matter whether a person has received a COVID-19 vaccination. The schools will permit students and staff to remove masks only while outside and during meals. A week prior to CPS’s decision,…

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Both COVID vaccines available at Blessing Health Systems Family Night on Thursday

QUINCY — A free COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be available from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Jackson Lincoln Swimming Complex, 701 N. Eighth, during the Blessing Health Systems Family Night. The Adams County Health Department will have the Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines. The Pfizer vaccine is approved for ages 12 and up. The…

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“We don’t want to call it a surge…”

QUINCY – The Adams County Health Department and local healthcare officials are keeping an eye on COVID-19 rates as they begin to rise in Adams County. Dr. Chris Solaro, chief of medicine for Blessing Health System, and Jarrod Welch of the Adams County Health Department addressed members of the community Monday morning on a Zoom…

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Show me the money! Now it’s a shot lottery…or a shottery

First, it was whiskey and beer, now it’s a shot for a shot at… That’s right, Gov. J.B. Pritzker now wants to enter everyone who who has received a COVID vaccine into a lottery with a purse of $10 million and the top prize gets… So let’s call this shot lottery a shottery. Sounds great.…

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C-SC president: Mandating vaccine allows college to ‘get back to core mission’

Doug Palmer wants to life at Culver-Stockton College to return to what it was before the pandemic as soon as possible. “We believe strongly that it is in our best interest to get back to our core mission of teaching and learning,” he said. Palmer believes the best path to do that is by mandating…

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