Illinois will soon launch two new mass vaccination sites, including one in Des Plaines, authorities announced Wednesday.
The state-supported sites will launch Thursday in both Des Plaines and Quincy, bringing the total number of mass vaccination sites in Illinois to 18. The Des Plaines site, located in a former K-Mart at 1155 E. Oakton St., marks the fourth such site in Cook County alone and will be what county officials say is the first large-scale facility to administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Illinois.
“The COVID-19 vaccine site in Des Plaines is our latest step forward in vaccinating Cook County and our most vulnerable communities,” Cook County Board Chairman Toni Preckwinkle said in a statement. “This new site, which is conveniently located for many residents of the Northwest suburbs, will be used in the coming months as we advance our program and increase the supply of vaccines.”
According to Cook County, the Des Plaines location will open appointments Thursday afternoon and begin vaccinating residents on Friday or Saturday, pending the arrival of vaccine doses. For more information on appointments and availability, click here.
The launch comes on the same day that appointments for the next United Center location are open to certain eligible residents, with plans to begin vaccinations next week.
Both the Des Plaines and Quincy sites will offer nearly 4,000 doses per day combined when at full capacity, authorities said.
“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. “
Pritzker also announced plans to activate members of the National Guard in Union, Johnson, Pope, Hardin, Alexander, Pulaski and Massac counties.
In addition, Chicago also plans to open “new mass vaccination sites in the coming months.”
According to Advocate Aurora Health, a mass vaccination site is being explored at Wrigley Field.
Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady also said the department sought to host a Soldier Field mass vaccination site.
“We are fully ready to defend mass vaccination sites, but it is about vaccines,” he said last month.
Pritzker has also hinted at the possibility of additional locations in Illinois.
When asked if Chicago’s McCormick Place could be a future site, Pritzker said “the opportunity for us to look at other places is always open.”
To see how you can sign up for an appointment for the COVID vaccine in Illinois, click here.
The growing number of mass vaccination sites follows Illinois’ entry into Phase 1B Plus, which expanded eligibility for Phase 1B vaccines to include people with certain high-risk medical conditions and comorbidities.
While the state expanded its Phase 1B, many counties, health departments and hospital systems, including Chicago and Cook County, said they would not join the rest of Illinois in increasing eligibility, citing the low supply of vaccines for those who already qualify.
Previously, in phase 1B of the previous iteration, residents 65 and older, as well as essential workers, qualify to receive the vaccine.
Here’s a look at the mass vaccination sites now launching in Illinois:
|Opens||Location||Direction||Date||Dosing capacity at full capacity|
|Now open||Tinley Park Convention Center||18451
Convention center unit
|Now open||North Riverside Health Center||1800 S. Harlem Avenue, North Riverside IL||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||270|
|Now open||Morton East School Base Clinic||2423 S. Austin Blvd, Cicero IL||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||270|
|Now open||Robbins Health Center||13450 S. Kedzie Ave., Robbins IL||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||135|
|Now open||Cottage Grove Health Center||1645 Cottage Grove Ave., Ford Heights IL||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||135|
|Now open||Blue Island Health Center||12757 S. Western Ave., Blue Island IL||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||270|
|Now open||Arlington Heights Health Center||3250 N. Arlington Heights Rd. Arlington Heights IL||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||270|
|Now open||Triton College||2000 5th Ave., River Grove IL||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||540|
|Now open||South Suburban University||15800 State St., South Holland IL||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||540|
|Now open||Thornton Fractional South High School||18500 Burnham Ave, Lansing, IL 60438||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||270|
|Now open||Orr Building||Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield IL||http://www.SCDPH.org
|Now open||Fairground Belle-Clair||200 S. Belt E # 2650, Belleville IL||https://www.co.st-clair.il.us/departments/health-department||1080|
|Now open||Banterra Center||Southern Illinois University, Carbondale IL||http://www.jchdonline.org/.||540|
|Now open||Carbondale Civic Center||Carbondale IL||http://www.jchdonline.org/.||540|
|Now open||Winnebago County||1321 Sandy Hollow Rd., Rockford IL||https://www.wchd.org/||1350|
|Now open||Gateway Convention Center||1 Gateway Drive., Collinsville IL||https://www.co.madison.il.us/departments/health/index.php||1350|
|March 4||Old K-Mart||1155 E Oakton St, Des Plaines, IL||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||1,890|
|Feb 4||Oakley Lindsey Center||300 Civic Center Plaza, Quincy IL||https://www.adamscountytogether.com/||2,100|
|Mar 10||United Center||1901 W. Madison Street, Chicago IL||https://www.zocdoc.com/vaccine/screener?state=IL||6,000|