A new mass vaccination site that will open in Des Plaines this weekend, becoming the first large-scale facility to administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Illinois, began taking appointments Thursday afternoon.
The Cook County Health Department will open its fourth large-scale vaccination site at 1155 E. Oakton St. in Des Plaines on Friday or Saturday, pending the arrival of the vaccine, according to a statement.
Residents can begin making required appointments at the new location on Thursday at 1pm. Appointments can be made from 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday at vaccine.cookcountyil.gov or by calling (833) 308-1988.
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Cook County officials said they expect to provide nearly 3,500 doses per day once the vaccination site is “fully optimized” and the vaccine is available. Officials noted that the Des Planes site will be the first large-scale facility statewide to administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“This is a critical time in our fight against COVID-19 and providing all three FDA-approved vaccines ensures that our residents have all vaccine options currently available,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective in protecting people against serious illness and death. The fact that it is a single dose vaccine is exciting, as it allows people to protect themselves in just one visit. “
More than 18,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are scheduled to arrive in Cook County on Thursday, the health department said Wednesday.
Johnson & Johnson vaccine shipments began Monday, and Chicago and Illinois expect to receive an estimated dose count of more than 100,000 by the end of the week.
The Illinois Department of Public Health said doses are expected statewide, with about 22,000 planned for Chicago and another 83,000 for the remaining regions.
More than 90% of the newly licensed vaccine will go to mass vaccination sites across the state, and the remaining doses will be shipped to other providers, authorities said. The IDPH noted that the total doses do not include those going to Chicago, which will receive their own allocation.
In addition to the Des Plaines appointments, more than 100,000 senior appointments also opened Thursday morning for the upcoming United Center, with plans to begin vaccinations next week.
Illinois announced the launch of the Des Plaines site on Wednesday, along with another location to open in Quincy.
“With our new operations in Des Plaines and Quincy, Illinois now operates 18 state-supported mass vaccination sites, in addition to a network of more than 800 vaccination locations throughout the state, all trained on one goal: to vaccinate the largest as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, ”Governor JB Pritzker said in a statement. “One in six Illinoisans has already received their first dose of vaccine, and as the federal government increases deliveries from Illinois to more than 100,000 per day by the end of this month, IDPH and our 97 local health departments are prepared. to face the moment. In the meantime, I encourage all Illinoisans to wear their masks and stay alert as we move to the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic. “