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Friday and Saturday COVID-19 vaccination clinics won't be limited to Coles County residents
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Friday and Saturday COVID-19 vaccination clinics won't be limited to Coles County residents


MATTOON — Illinois residents who live outside of Coles County will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations scheduled to take place at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center Friday and Saturday.

The Coles County Health Department announced the additional eligibility for the clinics being conducted through an Illinois National Guard vaccination program.

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Advance registration is required for the clinics, which are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. both days. The clinics will be open to Illinois residents age 18 and older.

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County health department Administrator Diana Stenger said the decision to open the clinics to people outside of Coles County was based on vaccine availability and appointments scheduled as of Thursday.

The clinics will take place in SBLHC’s Lumpkin Family Center for Education on the north side of the hospital. The Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine will be used.

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The health department indicated that those being vaccinated should arrive no more than 15 minutes before their appointment times.

Face masks will be required and those being vaccinated should bring a driver’s license or state ID and the QR code they receive when registering.

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Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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