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Here's Where You Can Make Appointments at Booster Shot Clinics in Illinois

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Illinois will soon increase access to both testing and booster shots in an effort to combat the increased spread of the omicron variant across the state, as well as providing staffing assistance to hospitals in need, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Monday.

The state plans to offer free booster clinics and more than double personnel at facilities, adding at least 100 people to regional sites that are administering vaccinations, preparing vaccine doses for clinic personnel, and doing data entry. Starting the week of Jan. 3, free community based testing sites will also begin operating six days a week.

"I want to be clear that I am going to continue to do everything possible to
protect all the people of this state, whatever your vaccine status. But what
kind of year 2022 turns out to be depends on all of us doing what is best for
all of us," Pritzker said in an address Monday. "If you are unvaccinated and you get very sick, you’ll be filling a bed that would have been available for your ailing spouse or your parent or your child — or someone else’s child — someone with cancer or a heart attack or seriously injured in a car accident. If we are forced to move to a crisis standard of care in our hospitals, it will be because a massive number of unvaccinated people chose to let others go without quality care — and even more people will die. If you are choosing not to be vaccinated for some non-medical reason, please change your mind."

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said Monday that the state is currently seeing its highest number of cases of the entire pandemic and hospitalizations increased by 330 patients in the last 24 hours.

"It's not just about cases. If it was just cases and no one was ending up in the hospital, then let the cases be," she said.

While she noted that breakthrough infections are being reported, she said that should not be a reason not to get vaccinated.

"I know there are people who will argue and push back and say, 'Oh, but we're seeing breakthrough cases. Oh, we're seeing breakthrough hospitalization. So why get vaccinated?'" Ezike said. "Admittedly, nothing is 100%. No vaccine is 100%. But if you can significantly, drastically reduce your chance of being hospitalized or dying, why wouldn't you avail yourself that opportunity?"

Here's a list of places where testing and booster vaccinations will be increased:

Booster Shot and Vaccination Clinics

Appointments can be made at each clinic at the links below. Many locations will also accept walk ups.   

Cook County: https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov/  

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

Lake County: https://allvax.lakecohealth.org/s/?language=en_US  

Will County: https://willcountyhealth.org/vaccine-locations/  

Kane County: https://kanevax.org/  

St. Clair: https://www.co.st-clair.il.us/Departments/Health-Department/COVID-19-Information/Vaccination-Screen  

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

Sangamon County: https://scdph.org/  

Peoria County: www.pcchd.org  

Winnebago County: https://www.wchd.org 

Jackson County: https://jchdonline.org/  

Adams County: https://www.co.adams.il.us/government/departments/health-department/covid-19-vaccination-information   

Anyone age 12 and older who is in need of a first or second dose may also utilize these free clinics. While adults have the ability to mix-and-match their booster vaccine, 16- and 17-year-olds are only authorized to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech booster.   

If you are unable to attend one of these mass vaccination booster clinics, you can visit vaccines.gov to find a clinic near you.  

Community Based Testing Sites 

Aurora Arlington Heights South Holland Fairview Heights Peoria 
Near Premium Outlet Mall

2450 N. Farnsworth Avenue 
Arlington Race Track

823 Wilke Road 
South Suburban College

15800 State Street 
St. Clair Square Mall

134 St. Clair Square 
Peoria Civic Center

698 Fulton Street 
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Bloomington Champaign Harwood Heights Rockford Waukegan 
Interstate Center    1106 Interstate Drive, Bloomington Market Place Shopping Center

2000 N. Neil St., Champaign  
6959 W. Forest Preserve Rd., Chicago 1321 Sandy Hollow Road, Rockford 102 W. Water Street, Waukegan 
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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