Illinois will soon launch two new mass vaccination sites, including one in Des Plaines, officials announced Wednesday.
The state-supported sites are set to 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 President Toni Preckwinkle said in a statement. “This new site, which is conveniently located for many residents of the northwest suburbs, will be utilized over the coming months as we progress in our program and vaccine supply increases.”
According to Cook County, the Des Plaines location will open appointments Thursday afternoon and begin vaccinating residents 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 appointments for the upcoming United Center location open for 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, officials said.
“With our new operations in Des Plaines and Quincy, Illinois is now operating 18 state-supported mass vaccination sites in addition to the network of more than 800 vaccination locations around the state all trained on one goal: vaccinating as many people as possible, as quickly as possible,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said in a statement. “One in six Illinoisans have already received their first dose of vaccine, and as the federal government increases Illinois’ deliveries to over 100,000 a day later this month, IDPH and our 97 local health departments are prepared to meet the moment. In the meantime, I encourage all Illinoisans to wear their masks and stay vigilant as we power through to the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Pritzker also announced plans to activate National Guard members to Union, Johnson, Pope, Hardin, Alexander, Pulaski and Massac Counties.
In addition, Chicago is also planning 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 Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady has also said the department looked into hosting a mass-vaccination site Soldier Field.
“We are completely ready to stand up mass vaccination sites, but it’s about vaccine,” she said last month.
Pritzker has hinted at the possibility for additional locations in Illinois as well.
When asked if Chicago's McCormick Place could be a future site, Pritzker said "the opportunity for us to look at other locations is always open."
For a look at how you can sign up for a COVID vaccine appointment in Illinois, click here.
The increasing number of mass vaccination sites follow Illinois' entry into Phase 1B Plus, which expanded eligibility for vaccinations under Phase 1B 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 low vaccine supply for those who already qualify.
Previously under the earlier iteration Phase 1B, residents age 65 and over as well as essential workers qualify to receive the vaccine.
Here's a look at the mass vaccination sites now launched in Illinois:
|Opens||Location||Address||Appointment||Doses capability at full capacity|
|Now Open||Tinley Park Convention Center||18451 |
Convention Center Drive
|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 College||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||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||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|
|Mar. 4||Former K-Mart||1155 E Oakton St, Des Plaines, IL||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||1,890|
|Mar 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|