Aurora opened its third one-day mass vaccination site on Saturday morning, with another set to arrive next week, according to health officials.
The MASS VAX AURORA is located in the former Carson Pirie Scott building and opened at 8 a.m. It should close at 5 p.m. on Saturday, although the appointments were already filled within 15 minutes at the beginning of this week.
In partnership with Walgreens, the site will offer the unique Johnson & Johnson vaccines to 2,000 Aurora residents, according to a press release.
“We thank the Walgreens team for literally answering the call and helping the people of Aurora,” said Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin. “We are building a team of health departments, hospitals and pharmacies as we continue to take our fate into our own hands as we secure vaccines for Aurora residents.”
LATINvaX AURORA is officially slated to open next Friday, March 19, to provide 750 doses of the Moderna COVID vaccine to the city’s Latinx community. More information on how to register should be available next week.
Two new coronavirus vaccination sites are slated to open later this month in Will County for people eligible for Phase 1B, health officials said Friday.
Starting the week of March 22nd, Will County residents will be able to receive vaccination doses from the week of March 29th in Wilmington at St. Rose Church and in Monee at former Second Place Church.
The two clinics will provide vaccinations from Tuesday to Sunday by appointment. To book an appointment, Will County residents and workers can visit WillCountyHealth.org or call the COVID-19 helpline at (815) 740-8977.
In Cook County, approximately 20,000 first-dose coronavirus vaccination appointments opened in five locations on Friday, health officials said.
The appointments opened at 12 noon for those eligible in phases 1A and 1B. According to the officials, however, proof of eligibility is required.
All vaccinations are only given by agreement, as the health authorities found, with proof of suitability in phases 1A or 1B. Appointments can be made online at pharmac.cookcountyil.gov or by calling (833) 308-1988.
Those receiving vaccines through the Cook County sites book their second dose appointments on the same day as their first dose appointments.
The sites are part of several mass vaccination sites in Illinois. There are currently 22 nationwide. Here is a full list.
Nine rural hospitals in Illinois will receive additional doses of COVID vaccine from the state as part of a new program to expand fair distribution, officials said.
On Thursday, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Health announced that the nine rural critical access hospitals were selected as part of the safety net direct vaccine dispensing pilot program, which provides hundreds of doses per week per site .
The state will provide a total of nearly 6,000 doses of the vaccine to the nine hospitals in addition to the existing allocations the state is already distributing to health sites.
The effort marks the next phase of the vaccine pilot program, announced last week, that saw five health centers and four hospitals receive vaccines from the federal government.