State Launching New Mass Vaccination Sites in Multiple Suburbs for All Eligible Illinois Residents – NBC Chicago

State Launching New Mass Vaccination Sites in Multiple Suburbs for All Eligible Illinois Residents – NBC Chicago


Four suburban mass vaccination sites are expected to open to all eligible Illinois residents this week.

New locations are set to open in Kane, Lake and Will counties with another site in Grundy County expanding to all eligible state residents regardless of where they live.

“As we continue to get more and more vaccine from the federal government, I’m proud to launch four additional state-supported large mass vaccination sites open to all eligible Illinoisans to ensure residents can receive their vaccines as efficiently and equitably as possible,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said in a statement.

According to the governor’s office, the new vaccination sites include:

April 1: Community based testing center located at 102 W. Water Street, Waukegan in Lake County. Details here.

April 2: Former Carson Pirie Scott, located at 970 North Lake St., Aurora in Kane County. Details here.

April 2: Former Toys R Us, located at 3128 Voyager Lane, Joliet in Will County. Details here.

Each site will offer vaccines to any eligible Illinois resident, regardless of ZIP code, the governor’s office said. The Grundy County vaccination location at Shabbona Middle School will also expand its eligibility.

In addition, a vaccination site is set to expand in McHenry County, with the assistance of the National Guard, but only those who live and work in the county will be eligible, the state noted.

The site is located inside a former K-Mart located at 1900 N. Richmond Ave. (Details here)

Pritzker touted an influx of vaccine doses set to arrive in the state this week as vaccine eligibility expanded Monday to include additional essential workers.

Food and beverage workers, construction trade workers and religious leaders will be eligible, according to guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health. On March 22, the state expanded eligibility to include higher education staff, government workers and media.

“Over 3.6 million Illinoisans have already received their first dose of vaccine. We’re projected to get nearly 1 million doses this week, and IDPH and our 97 local health departments working hard to administer these shots. However, this battle is far from over, and with new cases and hospitalizations on the rise, I encourage every resident to buckle down, wear your mask, and do your part so we can all power through to the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Health officials said the state made the decision to launch the sites with expanded ZIP code eligibility to “reverse early signs of a possible resurgence of COVID-19 cases.”

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Friday authorized counties in the state seeing low COVID vaccine demand to begin vaccinating all residents 16 and older at their immediate discretion in order to “address a concerning possible trend in increasing COVID hospitalizations and case rates.”

IDPH said in a statement that it had seen vaccine demand slow in several counties “with early signs of unfilled appointments and increased vaccine inventory.”

As such, the state is authorizing counties with open appointments and slowed demand to expand vaccine eligibility in order to use doses currently available. IDPH noted that residents should contact their local health department to learn whether they have expanded eligibility.

The state also announced Friday that it is sending “Rapid Response Vaccination Teams” to five counties where epidemiologists “have determined there is a need to administer doses quickly to blunt increasing trends,” IDPH said. Those teams will administer single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccinations to residents on top of what the counties are already allocated.

Those counties are: Carroll, Ogle, Boone, Lee and Whiteside. Details on doses and how to make an appointment are as follows, per IDPH:

“Recent increases in hospital admissions and test positivity are concerning new developments and we don’t want to go down the same path we’ve seen before and experience a resurgence in the pandemic, which is why Governor Pritzker directed us to use all our resources to halt these upticks,” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said in a statement.

Illinois has seen 10 days of increases in the seven-day rolling average for hospital admissions since March 8, IDPH said, and the COVID-19 test positivity was 3.3% as of Friday – up from 2.5% on March 10.

“While these rates are certainly significantly lower than the peak, they represent a potential early warning sign about a possible resurgence,” IDPH said.

IDPH on Friday noted that Chicago’s daily case rate has increased by nearly 50% since last week, along with six days of increases in test positivity, while suburban Cook County has seen its daily case rate increase more than 40%, along with nine days of increasing hospital bed usage.

“We cannot move forward if our metrics are going backward,” Ezike said . “The vaccine will help get us to the end of the pandemic, but we need to continue to reduce spread of the virus by wearing a mask, avoiding large crowds, keeping six feet of distance, getting tested after seeing others, and getting vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced last week that all Illinois residents over the age of 16 will be eligible to get vaccinated beginning on April 12.

All vaccinations remain by appointment only, officials said, noting that “making an appointment to receive a shot may take time.” Newly eligible workers can make appointments at “the more than 900 location in the state’s provider network,” Pritzker said.

For a complete look at where and how you can make an appointment in Illinois or where you can receive vaccine information for your area, click here.

Here’s a full list of mass vaccination locations in the state and how to sign up for appointments:

Date Location Address Appointment Daily Dose capability (when vaccines are available)
Now Open Adams County:
Oakley Lindsey Center
300 Civic Center Plaza, Quincy IL 2,100
Now Open Cook County: Tinley Park Convention Center 18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park, IL 2,160
Now Open Cook County: Triton College 2000 5th Ave., River Grove, IL 540
Now Open Cook County: South Suburban College 15800 State St., South Holland IL 540
Now Open Cook County:
Former K-Mart
1155 E Oakton St, Des Plaines, IL 1,890
Now Open Cook County:
Former HOBO
7600 Roosevelt Rd., Forest Park IL 2,160  
Now Open DuPage County Fairgrounds, Building 1 2015 Manchester Rd, Wheaton, IL 1,000
Now Open Grundy County:
Shabbona Middle School
725 School St, Morris, IL 540
Now Open Jackson County: Banterra Center Southern Illinois University, Carbondale IL   540
Now Open Jackson County: Carbondale Civic Center 200 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale IL 540
April 2 Kane County: Former Carson Pirie Scott 970 North Lake St., Aurora IL. 270  
Now Open Kane County:
Former Sam’s Club
501 N. Randall Rd., Batavia, IL 750  
April 1 Lake County:
Community Based Testing Center
102 W. Water Street
Waukegan IL   400  
Now Open Madison County:
Gateway Convention Center
1 Gateway Drive., Collinsville IL 1350
Now Open Sangamon County:
Orr Building
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield IL 1620
(217) 210-8801
Now Open St. Clair County: Belle-Clair Fairgrounds 200 S. Belt E #2650, Belleville IL 1080
April 2 Will County:
Former Toys R Us
3128 Voyager Lane
Joliet IL   800  
Now Open Winnebago County: Former K-Mart 1321 Sandy Hollow Rd., Rockford IL   1350
  Now Open City of Chicago: United Center 1901 W. Madison Street, Chicago IL Chicago/ Cook County Only
Now Open DeKalb County:
NIU Convocation Center
1525 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, IL County residents only
Now Open Lake County Fairgrounds 1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake, IL Individuals who live and work in County
Mar 30 McHenry County:
Former K-Mart
1900 N. Richmond Ave., Woodstock IL   County residents only
Now Open McLean County:
Grossinger Motors Arena
101 S. Madison Street, Bloomington IL   County residents only
Now Open Rock Island County:
Camden Centre
2701 1st Street East, Milan IL County residents Only
    Now Open Vermilion County:
Danville Community College
2000 E. Main Street, Danville IL County residents only
  Now Open   Vermilion County: Vermilion Regional Airport 22633 N. Bowman Avenue, Danville IL County residents only

NOTE: An earlier version of this story said the McHenry site was opening Tuesday, citing information released by the governor’s office. That information was incorrect and this story has been updated to reflect the change.

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