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EP!C clients get COVID-19 vaccine

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Peoria, Ill. (WEEK) -- Friday morning some clients of Ep!c got their first round of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

"Just glad to have it," said Ep!c client David Friend.

He signed up for the COVID-19 vaccine and says his first dose didn't hurt.

He's most looking forward to the reward immunity will bring.

"Actually going out. Actually doing things like going out to restaurants, shopping, hanging out with friends and family, traveling, doing all that kind of stuff, playing basketball or something," said Friend.

The Peoria City/County Health Department teamed up with Ep!c to secure doses for both staff and clients.

That included clients in group homes, host homes, and Ep!c apartment complexes.

"In other states, you're seeing people with disabilities aren't a part of the plan at all or they're getting lower priority on the list. The fact that the health department secured doses for us shows what it means to our community to have everybody vaccinated and that this is a population that is important to them. That is heartening for us," said Ashley Schreck with Ep!c.

Ep!c's main facility has been closed since March due to the pandemic.

Something Ashley Schreck said has been hard for everyone.

"That's a very hard thing to explain to someone and for them to understand. We're just grateful they can be here today and get this vaccine so we can get back to some sort of normalcy," said Schreck.

Friday's clinic was for only for Peoria County residents.

Ep!c is working with other county health departments to secure doses for clients outside that area.

Alex Menke

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