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:
|Date||County||Make an appointment||Daily doses|
|March 31||Carroll County||http://www.ccphd.org/||800|
|April 1||Ogle County||https://www.oglecounty.org/departments/health_department/new_page.php||1,200|
|April 2||Boone County||https://events.juvare.com/IL-IDPH/eaa35aa4-f83d-48ee-8660-520d401803aa/||1,000|
|April 3||Lee County||http://www.lchd.com/covid19-vaccinations/||600|
|April 5||Whiteside County||https://www.whitesidehealth.org/covid-19-information.html||600|
“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.”
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||https://www.adamscountytogether.com/||2,100|
|Now Open||Cook County: Tinley Park Convention Center||18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park, IL||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||2,160|
|Now Open||Cook County: Triton College||2000 5th Ave., River Grove, IL||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||540|
|Now Open||Cook County: South Suburban College||15800 State St., South Holland IL||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||540|
|Now Open||Cook County:|
|1155 E Oakton St, Des Plaines, IL||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||1,890|
|Now Open||Cook County:|
|7600 Roosevelt Rd., Forest Park IL||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||2,160|
|Now Open||DuPage County Fairgrounds, Building 1||2015 Manchester Rd, Wheaton, IL||https://www.dupagehealth.org/667/COVID-19-Vaccine||1,000|
|Now Open||Grundy County:|
Shabbona Middle School
|725 School St, Morris, IL||https://www.grundyco.org/health/||540|
|Now Open||Jackson County: Banterra Center||Southern Illinois University, Carbondale IL||http://www.jchdonline.org/||540|
|Now Open||Jackson County: Carbondale Civic Center||200 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale IL||http://www.jchdonline.org/||540|
|April 2||Kane County: Former Carson Pirie Scott||970 North Lake St., Aurora IL.||https://www.kanevax.org/||270|
|Now Open||Kane County:|
Former Sam’s Club
|501 N. Randall Rd., Batavia, IL||https://www.kanevax.org/||750|
|April 1||Lake County:|
Community Based Testing Center
|102 W. Water Street|
|Now Open||Madison County:|
Gateway Convention Center
|1 Gateway Drive., Collinsville IL||https://www.co.madison.il.us/departments/health/index.php||1350|
|Now Open||Sangamon County:|
|Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield IL||http://www.SCDPH.org||1620|
|Now Open||St. Clair County: Belle-Clair Fairgrounds||200 S. Belt E #2650, Belleville IL||https://www.co.st-clair.il.us/departments/health-department||1080|
|April 2||Will County:|
Former Toys R Us
|3128 Voyager Lane|
|Now Open||Winnebago County: Former K-Mart||1321 Sandy Hollow Rd., Rockford IL||https://www.wchd.org/||1350|
|Now Open||City of Chicago: United Center||1901 W. Madison Street, Chicago IL||https://www.zocdoc.com/vaccine/screener?state=IL||Chicago/ Cook County Only|
|Now Open||DeKalb County:|
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://allvax.lakecohealth.org/s/?language=en_US||Individuals who live and work in County|
|Mar 30||McHenry County:|
|1900 N. Richmond Ave., Woodstock IL||https://www.mchenrycountyil.gov/county-government/departments-a-i/health-department/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/vaccine-locations||County residents only|
|Now Open||McLean County:|
Grossinger Motors Arena
|101 S. Madison Street, Bloomington IL||https://health.mcleancountyil.gov/790/COVID-19-Vaccine||County residents only|
|Now Open||Rock Island County:|
|2701 1st Street East, Milan IL||https://richd.org/||County residents Only|
|Now Open||Vermilion County:|
Danville Community College
|2000 E. Main Street, Danville IL||https://vchd.org/||County residents only|
|Now Open||Vermilion County: Vermilion Regional Airport||22633 N. Bowman Avenue, Danville IL||https://vchd.org/||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.