IVCIL will host 2 COVID-19 vaccine clinics

Contact agency to register for vaccine

Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living, in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Human services, will host COVID-19 vaccination clinics 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, and Thursday, Oct. 14.

People with and without disabilities older than 12 are welcome to be vaccinated at this site. Youth must have a parent or guardian present. IVCIL, at 16 Gunia Dr. in La Salle, can be contacted at 815-224-3126 for vaccine registration and additional information. Free T-shirts and cookies will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

According to the CDC, “It is important that people with disabilities get the COVID-19 vaccine. Everyone 12 years of age and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination.”

Vaccination is safe and will allow for a return to the normal activities people engaged in before the pandemic, organizers said. Roughly 50 to 53% of adults in La Salle, Bureau, Marshall, Putnam and Stark counties are vaccinated for COVID-19. According to Yale Medicine, vaccination may be especially important with the new Delta variant, which could spread quickly in areas with low vaccination rates.

As a Center for Independent Living, the organization’s administrators said it is a priority to ensure people with disabilities in the IVCIL service area have an accessible location to receive the vaccine.