The April 14 and 15 mass vaccination clinics (two-dose Moderna vaccine) at Western Illinois University-Macomb’s campus are now open to all WIU and Spoon River College faculty, staff and students, as well as residents of McDonough, Fulton, Schuyler, Hancock, Warren and Henderson counties (and those who work in these counties), who are 18 years of age or older.

WIU COVID-19 Moderna Vaccination Clinic April 14-15 Opens to All WIU, SRC Members, Community ResidentsThe Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), in cooperation with WIU, the McDonough County Health Department and the Illinois National Guard, will host the COVID-19 vaccination clinics from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday, April 14 and Thursday, April 15 at the WIU Student Recreation Center on the WIU-Macomb campus (enter through the MAC Gym, south entrance).

The two-dose Moderna vaccine will now be available. The second dose clinic will be held on the Macomb campus sometime between May 10-13. Students living on campus who receive the Moderna vaccine at the April 14 or 15 clinic and wish to remain on campus to receive their second dose between May 10-13 (exact dates will be announced in near future) will be able to remain in their residence halls until their second dose is received. Students who are leaving Macomb prior to the scheduled second clinic must make arrangements with another state clinic or pharmacy to get their second dose within 28 days.

WIU and SRC students, faculty and staff, as well as community members, are encouraged to take advantage of the free vaccination clinics held on campus and in their respective communities. Participants must register in advance at All participants must complete and bring with them the signed consent form.

WIU students, faculty and staff at the WIU-Quad Cities campus are invited to the Macomb clinics as well, however, if they cannot make it to Macomb, they are encouraged to visit the Rock Island Health Department’s website ( to view and register for one of several vaccine clinics hosted at the Camden Centre in Milan, IL or other local clinics being sponsored in the Quad Cities region. If transportation is needed, MetroLINK is providing free shuttle transportation every Tuesday between 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Once a vaccine appointment is set, participants can schedule a ride in advance by calling Metro’s Customer Call Center at (309) 788-3360 or by visiting the “OnDemand” section at the bottom of your TransLoc app and swiping to “Camden Centre Vaccinations.” For more information, please visit the Destination Vaccination site on the MetroLINK website.

WIU encourages members of the University community to take advantage of the free vaccination clinics. Supervisors are authorized to approve up to 60 minutes of release time from work for an employee to receive the vaccine. Proof of vaccination/appointment, presented to the supervisor, will be required to utilize the release time. Time off needed beyond 60 minutes should be reported as sick or vacation leave.

WIU faculty are asked tobe flexible and work with students who obtained a COVID-19 vaccine during the Wednesday, April 14 or Thursday, April 15 clinics in regards to class attendance and assignments, as they may be recovering from side effects of vaccination for a few days immediately following the date of the injection.

For more information, visit the McDonough County Health Department at

WIU COVID-19 Moderna Vaccination Clinic April 14-15 Opens to All WIU, SRC Members, Community Residents
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