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OSF HealthCare partnering with local health departments, schools to hold mobile vaccine clinics

PEORIA (WEEK) — OSF HealthCare announced Wednesday it is partnering with local health departments in the Peoria area to offer mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics at schools.

The partnership will be with the Peoria City/County Health Department, as well as the Tazewell and Woodford health departments.

The OSF Medical Group mobile clinics will vaccinate students, parents, and staff affiliated with the schools. Elmwood High School and Princeville High School have already held clinics, according to the announcement.

Dunlap, Illini Bluffs, Peoria Notre Dame, IVC, and DeeMack high schools will hold clinics in the coming weeks, while OSF is working to schedule opportunities at East Peoria, Tremont, Washington, Fieldcrest, Metamora, Morton, and Pekin high schools. Parents of students at those schools should be on the lookout for survey and scheduling information coming from school administration.

While the mobile vaccination clinics at the schools are not open to the community, OSF HealthCare is encouraging others to go to COVID-19 Vaccination | OSF HealthCare to schedule an appointment for a vaccination at a clinic near them.

“We know that vaccinations against COVID-19 are our best shot at getting the pandemic under control and enable everyone to return to life as they knew it prior to the outbreak as much as possible,” said Sarah Overton RN, MSN, chief nursing officer and vice president of clinical services for OSF Multi-Specialty Services. “The most recent surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations has been in those who are younger. We know parents and children are busy. We see these mobile clinics as the best way to reach them before students head off to summer break, which increases the opportunity for another spread.”

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine for those 16 years and older. Although fewer cases of COVID-19 have been reported in children than adults, recent data shows there has been a steady increase in the rate of cases in children in recent months, the announcement read.