Trio of Mass Vaccination Sites to Open Sunday in Cook County

(WTTW News)(WTTW News)

Illinois residents looking to get a booster ahead of holiday gatherings can roll up their sleeves on Sunday at one of three mass vaccination clinics hosted by Cook County and state officials.

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Clinics will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday in Arlington Heights, located at 3250 N. Arlington Heights Road, Suite 300 ,North Riverside, located at 1800 S. Harlem Ave. Suite A, and Blue Island, located at 12757 S. Western Ave, to all Illinois residents. No appointment, identification or health insurance required.

All three approved vaccines – Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson – will be available for adults who have the ability to mix-and-match their booster. Only the Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for 16- and 17-year-olds.

Individuals in need of a first or second dose can get them at the mass vaccination clinics, according to officials.

Last week, officials administered 2,886 doses at similar events.

The mass vaccination effort comes amid an increase in COVID-19 cases, with state health officials reporting 59,312 new confirmed and probable cases and 316 deaths since Dec. 10.

On Friday, state health officials reported 10,765 cases and 52 deaths in the past 24 hours.

Earlier this week, Cook County officials reported the second known case of the omicron variant in Illinois. Officials say the variant is highly transmissible and that initial data suggests that COVID-19 boosters strengthen a person’s protection against COVID-19 and the omicron variant.

More than 7.6 million Illinois residents, or nearly 60% of the state’s population, are fully vaccinated, according to state vaccine data. Of those eligible to be vaccinated (residents ages 5 and up), 67% are fully vaccinated, according to IDPH data.

Nearly 2 million people have been infected with COVID-19 and 26,801 have died in Illinois since the pandemic began, according to state health officials.

All of Illinois’ 102 counties are experiencing high transmission of COVID-19, defined by the Illinois Department of Public Health as areas with more than 100 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

The seven-day statewide test positivity rate is now 6.2%, according to IDPH data.

In Cook County, the average seven-day case rate per 100,000 people is 341.98, according to state data. 

Chicago is now recording 1,035 cases per day based on a seven-day average, according to Chicago Department of Public Health data. In the past week, the number of cases has increased 5%, according to city data.

Contact Kristen Thometz: @kristenthometz (773) 509-5452  [email protected]

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