Last week, the Adams County Health Department was able to vaccinate over 5,000 Adams and Brown County residents against COVID-19 at the Oakley Lindsey Center in Quincy and I was fortunate to be one of them.

I’d like to use this forum to express congratulations to all at the Adams County Health Department, the Emergency Management Agency of Adams County and the City of Quincy for their tremendous logistical setup and distribution plan utilized to administer vaccinations.

You may be wondering how things are being done so I thought I would share my experience with you. The first thing I did was to make an appointment by going to www.adamscountytogether.com/vaccinate. I could have called as well at (217) 600-4VAX (4929).  Once I became aware I was eligible, I filled out a form and was then given an electronic ticket and I selected an appointment time of 12:15 on Wednesday, January 20th.

I went to the Oakley-Lindsay Center at 11:50am and was instructed to park my car in the North parking lot and turn on my radio to 1620 AM. In listening, I was given instructions regarding to importance of my pending vaccination and possible side effects that could present themselves in the hours and days ahead.

Then around 12 noon they announced over the radio for all people with a 12 noon or 12:15 appointment to leave their vehicle and proceed into the OLC lobby. I got into a short self-distancing line and quickly (within five minutes) made my way to the registration table where I presented my ticket and ID and proceeded into the center to await my vaccination.

Once in the center I was assigned a seat at an 8 foot table with another person. We were seated at each end of the table for safety reasons and then read and signed a waiver to allow them to administer the vaccine. Once signed it was another 5 minutes or so when a health care professional came by asked if I had any questions. With none to ask, I was then given the Pfizer vaccination.

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I was then given a card with a date and time for the follow up booster shot in 3 weeks. I sat at the table with a timer set for 15 minutes to see if I had any immediate reaction to the shot and with none, I was allowed to follow a red line path to the exit to be on my way.  The whole process took a little over 30 minutes.

I can tell you that I have suffered no reaction or side effects other than a sore arm for a few hours as a result of the shot itself and as a matter of fact, I never even felt the shot.

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