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Cook County COVID Vaccine: 15K 1st Dose Appointments to Open Friday as Eligibility Expands

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Cook County Health officials will release approximately 15,000 single and first-dose COVID-19 vaccine appointments Friday, the first such release that will allow residents 16 years of age and older to book appointments as the state expands eligibility next week.

The appointments will be for the week of April 12, the same week that Illinois officials will allow any residents 16 and older to book a vaccine appointment. Vaccinations at Cook County's sites are open to all eligible Illinois residents and remain appointment only

The appointments will be released at 12 p.m. and can be booked on the Cook County vaccine website or by calling the county's hotline at (833) 308-1988. 

The appointments will include all three currently approved COVID vaccines, including the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson treatments.

According to officials, the appointments will be available at four locations:

  • Forest Park (Pfizer) – Former HOBO retail store at 7600 West Roosevelt Road
  • South Suburban College (Pfizer) – 15800 State Street, South Holland
  • Triton College (Pfizer) – 2000 5th Avenue, River Grove
  • Tinley Park Convention Center (Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) – 18451 Convention Center Drive

The Pfizer vaccine is the only treatment of the three to be authorized for residents that are 16 or 17 years old. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for individuals 18 and older.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike provided a COVID-19 update Thursday, noting that the majority of those hospitalized with the virus have not received the vaccine.
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