Illinois to Launch 14th Mass Vaccination Site in Forest Park; National Guard Surpasses 500,000 Vaccinations

Illinois to Launch 14th Mass Vaccination Site in Forest Park; National Guard Surpasses 500,000 Vaccinations

As the Illinois National Guard surpasses 500,000 vaccinations administered to residents across the state, Illinois is launching its 14th mass vaccination site in Forest Park.

The new mass vaccination site will operate at the former HOBO store in Forest Park and will open to all Illinois residents Friday, March 26.

“I Got My COVID Shot” sticker.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said during the opening ceremonies today (Monday, March 22, 2021) that sites like this, which are open to all Illinoisans, will be essential when Illinois opens up to all adults starting April 12.

“Since day one, our Illinois COVID-19 Vaccination Plan has been an all-hands-on-deck effort, and as the national supply has expanded, so too has the number of locations Illinoisans can get vaccinated,” Pritzker said. “With this location in Forest Park, we have now strategically established three of our largest mass vaccination sites — open to all Illinoisans — at Tinley Park in the southwest, this new site in the western suburbs, and Des Plaines in the northwest, meaning that our highest density Cook and Collar Counties communities all have a convenient state-supported option for getting vaccinated.

“And thanks to our exemplary Illinois National Guard, the 900 vaccination sites across the state, and the great work of our 97 local public health departments and healthcare professionals, Illinois has administered over 4.7 million doses of the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines.”

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said the county is committed to getting vaccines into the arms of residents who want them.

“There is no doubt that Cook County and some of its most vulnerable communities have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to get to the other side of these historic times, we need to continue vaccinating as many people as possible,” she said. “Having mass community vaccination sites like this one is very efficient in getting shots in arms so we can beat this virus.”

Over the weekend, the Illinois National Guard marked a significant milestone in the fight against COVID-19.  To date, the state has deployed nearly 1,400 Illinois National Guard troops for COVID-19 operations.  This includes more than 86 teams operating at 39 vaccination sites.

Illinois’ citizen soldiers have now administered more than 500,000 vaccinations to Illinois residents.

“It has been a historic year for the Illinois National Guard and I could not be more proud of the Soldiers and Airmen who have answered the call to duty,”said Maj. Gen. Rich Neely, the Adjutant General of Illinois and Commander of the Illinois National Guard.

Following last week’s announcement that all Illinois residents age 16+ will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 12, the state of Illinois has expanded its mass vaccination plan to enhance the efforts of local health departments to increase access to the COVID-19 vaccine. In collaboration with the Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Illinois National Guard and local health departments, site surveys are currently under way in multiple jurisdictions to identify locations suitable for vaccination clinics that will open to the public in the coming weeks.

Today, any Illinois resident in phase 1A, 1B and 1B+, as well as government workers, higher education staff, and media can receive a free COVID-19 vaccine regardless of their zip code, immigration status, or health insurance at the following state-supported mass vaccination sites Sangamon, Jackson, Winnebago, Madison, St. Clair, Adams, Kane, DuPage, and five sites across Cook County.

“Expanding our state’s vaccine eligibility is a monumental feat that would not be possible without the collaboration and dedication of our local health departments,” said Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). “In the coming days and weeks, our local partners will be ramping up efforts in order to vaccinate more and more Illinoisans. This teamwork has led our state to being a leader on the national stage as we look to end this pandemic.”

On top of the state-supported mass vaccination sites, the Illinois National Guard is also running three additional vaccination missions across the state, furthering the state’s ability to target specific regions and populations, with more assignments in the coming weeks:

  • Equity-focused mobile vaccination teams are partnering with local health departments to reach underserved communities in Cook, Lake, DeKalb, McHenry, St. Clair, Jackson, Sangamon, Madison, Winnebago, Rock Island, McLean, Grundy, Vermilion and the Southern Seven Health Department Counties.
  • Illinois National Guard troops are working directly with local health departments to improve local vaccination rates and meet the public demand for safe and effective vaccines in Lake, Vermilion, McLean, Rock Island, DeKalb and Grundy counties.
  • The state also established one-stop, single-shot Johnson & Johnson rural vaccination clinics, a collaboration between the Illinois National Guard and our local health departments.  This rural vaccination program serves to reduce the travel barriers associated with equitable healthcare and will result in people getting vaccinated quicker, without the logistics and time commitment associated with coordinating a second trip.  This week, the Rural Vaccination Program will visit five providing vaccine access to 2,700 people.
  • There are now more than 900 vaccination locations in Illinois open to the public, and these locations can be viewed online at https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/.

For those having difficulty navigating online services to make vaccination appointments, the Vaccine Appointment Call Center may be able to assist. This hotline is available seven days a week from 6 a.m. to midnight. Call agents’ primary role is to help individuals navigate the various online registration sites. However, if the individual does not have access to online services or is unable to navigate the site, the call agent will make an appointment on the caller’s behalf. The Vaccine Appointment Call Center phone number is 1-833-621-1284.

State-supported vaccination sites listed below are open to all Illinois residents unless otherwise noted. All sites require appointments through the local health department. Residents must meet the state’s current eligibility requirements to book an appointment.

Date

Location

Address

Appointment

Doses capability (when vaccines are available)

Now Open

Tinley Park Convention Center

18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park, IL

https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov

2,160

Now Open

Triton College

2000 5th Ave., River Grove, IL

https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov

540

Now Open

South Suburban College

15800 State St., South Holland IL

https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov

540

Now Open

Orr Building

Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield IL

http://www.SCDPH.org

1620

(217) 210-8801

Now Open

Belle-Clair Fairgrounds

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

200 S. Illinois Ave., 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

Now Open

Former K-Mart

1155 E Oakton St, Des Plaines, IL

https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov

1,890

Now Open

Oakley Lindsey Center

300 Civic Center Plaza, Quincy IL

https://www.adamscountytogether.com/

2,100

Now Open

Former Sam’s Club

501 N. Randall Rd., Batavia, IL

https://www.kanevax.org/

750

Now Open

DuPage County Fairgrounds, Building 1

2015 Manchester Rd, Wheaton, IL

https://www.dupagehealth.org/667/COVID-19-Vaccine

1,000

Mar 26

Former HOBO

7600 Roosevelt Rd., Forest Park IL

https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov

2,160

Now Open

United Center

1901 W. Madison Street, Chicago IL

https://www.zocdoc.com/vaccine/screener?state=IL

Chicago/ Cook County Only

Now Open

Danville Community College

2000 E. Main Street, Danville IL

https://vchd.org/

County residents only

Now Open

Vermilion Regional Airport

22633 N. Bowman Avenue, Danville IL

https://vchd.org/

County residents only

Now Open

Grossinger Motors Arena

101 S. Madison Street, Bloomington IL

https://health.mcleancountyil.gov/790/COVID-19-Vaccine

County residents only

Now Open

Camden Centre

2701 1st Street East, Milan IL

https://richd.org/

County residents Only

Now Open

Shabbona Middle School

725 School St, Morris, IL

https://www.grundyco.org/health/

County residents Only

Now Open

NIU Convocation Center

1525 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, IL

https://health.dekalbcounty.org/about/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccination/

County residents only

Now Open

Lake County Fairgrounds

1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake, IL

https://www.lakecountyil.gov/4521/COVID-19-Vaccine

County residents only

 

Rural Vaccination Pilot Program

Date

Location

Address

Appointment

Doses Available

Mar 22

Oil Belt Christian Service Camp

Clay County

555 Park Road, Flora, IL

https://www.healthdept.org/

700 County residents only

Mar 24

Edwards County

230 North 5th Street, Albion, IL

Appointments are booked through Wabash County Health Dept.

618-263-3873

500
County residents only

Mar 25

Lawrence County

Central Christian Church

303 Buchanan Drive, Lawrenceville, IL  62439

812-213-0199

500
County residents only

Mar 26

Cumberland County

Toledo Christian Church

501 S. Maryland St., Toledo, IL

217-849-3211

Monday – Thursday
8:00-5:00pm

500
County residents only

Mar 27

Edgar County

Paris Cooperative High School

14040 E. 1200th Rd., Paris IL

https://ecphd.org/

217-294-2729

500
County residents only

Mar 29-30

Stephenson County

Highland Community College

2998 W. Pearl City Rd., Freeport IL

www.co.stephenson.il.us/health/

815-599-8412

1,100
County residents only

SOURCE: state of Illinois news release

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