State Opens to Full 16+ Eligibility on April 12 -- 150,000 Appointments in Cook, Collar Counties

State Opens to Full 16+ Eligibility on April 12 — 150,000 Appointments in Cook, Collar Counties

Kane County is among the Chicago area counties that will have a combined 150,000 first-shot vaccination appointments available starting Monday, April 12, when the state opens COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all residents age 16 and over.

Gov. JB Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike visited the Illinois National Guard Forest Park mass vaccination site today (Thursday, April 8, 2021) to make the announcement.

An additional 150,000 new first-dose vaccine appointments will be made available at the 11 state-supported mass vaccination operations in Cook and the collar counties and area pharmacies the week of April 12. The state will deliver more than a quarter of a million doses next week to Cook and county sites open to all Illinois residents on top of tens of thousands of newly available appointments at hospitals, local county sites, and other mass vaccination sites throughout the region.

Scroll down to see the list of locations in Kane County and the surrounding area.

Mass vaccination site and pharmacy appointments for the week of Monday, April 12, will be released today and over the coming days across Cook and the collar counties.

More than 80 counties have opened eligibility to all individuals age 16 and over in advance of the April 12 timeline, as more and more residents take advantage of the more than 1,000 vaccination locations operating across the state. This includes retail pharmacies, local health department sites, state-supported mass vaccination sites, federally qualified health centers, critical access hospitals, safety net hospitals, mobile sites, rural outreach and rapid response vaccination teams.

To date, 73% of Illinois seniors and 42 percent of Illinoisans 16 and over have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. One quarter of the 16 and over population is fully vaccinated.

“I am so proud of the efforts that Kane County and our partners have made to successfully open three mass vaccination sites in the last three weeks,” said Kane County Madam Chairman Corinne Pierog. “We opened the Kane Vax Hub in Batavia, Illinois on March 19. The Aurora-Kane Vax site opened on April 2 and the Kane-Cook Vax site in Elgin opened on April 7. The three sites are providing vaccination appointments throughout north, south, and central Kane County.

“The new sites, which are open to all Illinois residents, have vastly increased our capacity to vaccinate residents, improved our ability to reach underserved populations and provided additional transportation options.

“I want to thank the officials, leadership, staff, and volunteers of all of our partners for making these sites successful.”

“Weeks ago, we set our sights on April 12 as the date for every county receiving vaccine from the state to open to full eligibility, and I’m so proud that all 101 counties and Suburban Cook have met that timeline,” Pritzker said. “Today, about one year from the beginning of the pandemic, the state of Illinois alone has administered over 6.7 million doses of vaccine, 73% of our seniors, and 42% of our 16 and over population, has had at least one dose.

“Nearly one quarter of our adult population has been fully vaccinated. Our fight to stay safe and protect ourselves isn’t over, but with each day and each dose, we move closer and closer to putting this pandemic to an end.”

“COVID-19 vaccination is one of the most powerful and effective tools we can use to fight this pandemic together,” Ezike said. “We now have more providers than ever before, and we are working diligently to make sure underserved communities and those disproportionately affected by COVID-19 have access to the vaccine.”

“DuPage County continues to get as many people vaccinated against COVID-19 as quickly as possible,” said Karen Ayala, Executive Director of DuPage County Health Department.

“Currently, one out of three DuPage County residents, and four out of five residents age 65 and older have received at least one vaccine dose. As vaccine supply continues to increase, we will continue to work with the State and our healthcare partners to ensure we get vaccines into the arms of those eligible as efficiently and equitably as we can.”

State-Supported Mass Vaccination Locations

The State of Illinois has established 20 state-supported mass vaccination locations across Illinois where residents from anywhere in Illinois can be vaccinated. All state-supported vaccination sites require appointments.




Adams County

Oakley Lindsey Center

300 Civic Center Dr., Quincy

Cook County*

North Riverside, Morton, Thornton, Arlington Heights, and others
*Smaller Cook County sites acting as mass vax sites the week of April 12th

Cook County

Des Plaines K-Mart

1155 E. Oakton St., Des Plaines

Cook County

Triton College

2000 5th Ave., River Grove

Cook County

South Suburban College

158000 St. St., South Holland

Cook County

Tinley Park Convention Center

18451 Convention Center Dr., Tinley Park

Cook County

Forest Park HOBO

7630 W Roosevelt Rd, Forest Park

DuPage County

DuPage County Health Department

111 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton

Grundy County

Shabbona Middle School

725 School St., Morris

Jackson County

Banterra Center

1490 Douglas Dr., Carbondale

Jackson County

Carbondale Civic Center

200 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale

Kane County

Batavia Sam’s Club

501 N. Randall Rd., Batavia

Kane County

Former Carson Pirie Scott

970 N. Lake St, Aurora

Kane County

Elgin Eastside Recreation Center

1800 E. Chicago Street, Elgin

Lake County

At the Community Based Testing Center

102 W. Water Street, Waukegan

Madison County

Gateway Convention Center

1 Gateway Dr., Collinsville

Sangamon County

State Fairgrounds – Orr Building

801 E. Sangamon Ave., Springfield

St. Clair County

Belle-Clair Fairgrounds

200 S. Belt E. #2650, Belleville

Will County

Former Toys “R” Us

3128 Voyager Ln. Joliet

Winnebago County

Winnebago County Health Department

555 N. Court St. Ste. 4, Rockford

Information about locations and appointments can be found on the website. Residents who don’t have access to or need assistance navigating online services can call the toll-free IDPH hotline at 833-621-1284 to book an appointment. The hotline is open 7 days a week from 6am to midnight with agents available in English and Spanish.

The state is also supporting several county mass vaccination sites that are open to residents in those counties. All state-supported vaccination sites require appointments.




Cook County

Chicago United Center

1901 W. Madison St., Chicago

DeKalb County

NIU Convocation  Center

1525 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb

Lake County

Lake County Fairgrounds

1060 E. Peterson Rd., Grayslake

St. Clair County

East Side Health District

East St. Louis mobile sites 

McHenry County

Former K-Mart

1900 N. Richmond Ave., Woodstock

McLean County

Grossinger Motors Arena

101 S. Madison St., Bloomington

Rock Island County

Camden Centre

2701 1st St., East Milan

Vermilion County

Danville Community College

2000 E. Main St., Danville

Vermilion County

Vermilion Regional Airport

22633 N. Bowman Ave., Danville

Retail Pharmacies

The state of Illinois is partnering with CostcoCVSHy-VeeJewel-OscoKrogerMariano’sMeijerWalgreens, and Walmart pharmacies to provide COVID-19 vaccinations.

  • Costco – 2 locations
  • CVS – 7 locations
  • Hy-Vee – 16 locations
  • Jewel-Osco – 123 locations
  • Kroger – 23 locations
  • Mariano’s – 28 locations
  • Meijer – 12 locations
  • Walgreens – 538 locations
  • Walmart – 113 locations

Vaccine is also available at other pharmacies including Gerimed, HealthMart, MedShoppe, Managed Healthcare Associates, Premier/Innovatix, and 10 independent pharmacies.

Federally Qualified Health Center and Safety Net and Critical Access Hospitals

Illinois is partnering with six Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) able to provide COVID-19 vaccines with plans to expand the program to additional FQHCs ahead of Monday, April 12.

COVID-19vaccine is also being sent to four safety net hospitals and nine critical access hospitals across the state.  More hospitals will be added in the coming weeks.  Information about locations and appointments can be found on the website.

Rapid Response Vaccination Teams

By Friday, April 9, Illinois will have deployed Rapid Response Vaccination Teams or resources to 14 locations across Illinois since the last week in March.  Teams are deployed to areas in response to warning signs of COVID-19 resurgence, including increased hospitalizations and cases.

Rural Vaccination Program

To further expand vaccine accessibility in rural communities where travel distance can be an obstacle to vaccination, the State is sending vaccination teams with the capacity to administer thousands of vaccines.  Teams have been deployed to 12counties so far and will visit three more this week.

Other providers include local health departments, hospitals, health centers, and clinics across the state.

For information on how to make an appointment to receive the vaccine, visit For those having difficulty navigating online services to make vaccination appointments, the state’s Vaccine Appointment Call Center can help. The call center, at 1-833-621-1284, is available seven days a week from 6 a.m. to midnight, can take TTY calls, and uses both English and Spanish speaking call agents with the availability for translation into other languages.

SOURCE: state of Illinois news release