With support from the State of Illinois and Cook County, Cook County Health will be re-opening three mass COVID-19 vaccination sites.
“By re-opening these key vaccination sites across Cook County, we are ensuring Illinoisans have access to the best tool we have to protect ourselves against Omicron,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “To prevent hospitals and medical workers from being overwhelmed, each of us has a responsibility to do all we can to prevent COVID-19, including getting vaccinated, boosted, wearing a face covering in crowded spaces, and staying home when experiencing symptoms.”
The sites are scheduled to open over the course of the next week:
7630 West Roosevelt Road, Forest Park
Opening Tuesday, January 18
4647 Promenade Way, Matteson
Opening Thursday, January 20
1155 East Oakton Street, Des Plaines
Opening Saturday, January 22
“While we have sufficient vaccine supply across Cook County, we know that physicians’ offices and pharmacies are not staffed to accommodate the significant demand for COVID vaccinations. With support from the State, we look forward to creating broader access to vaccination for individuals across the county,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
“We know that being vaccinated and boosted greatly reduces the risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “The State wants to make it as easy as possible for people to get vaccinated, whether it’s the first, second, or booster dose. Being up to date on COVID-19 vaccination offers the best ongoing protection against the virus and its variants.”
Hours of operation for all mass vaccination locations will be Tuesday through Saturday, 8am-6pm, and Sunday 10am-4pm.
Individuals who make an appointment via vaccine.cookcountyil.gov will be prioritized. Walk-ins will also be welcome on a first come first served basis.
Anyone age 5 and older should get vaccinated. Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered at all sites, and individuals will be able to receive primary vaccinations or booster shots.
Booster shots are encouraged for all people ages 12 and older 5 months after their second shot of Pfizer or Moderna. Individuals who received a single dose of Johnson & Johnson are encouraged to get a booster shot, preferably of Pfizer or Moderna, two months later.
“As the Omicron surge continues, hospitals across the country, including Cook County Heath, have been inundated with COVID-positive patients. A vast majority of the patients we are caring for are unvaccinated, said Israel Rocha, Cook County Health CEO. “The most serious health outcomes caused by this virus, serious illness and death, are now largely preventable thanks to exceptional vaccines. It is critical that we get more shots in arms.”
Across suburban Cook County, 80 percent of residents have gotten at least one dose vaccine, but less than 40 percent have received a booster shot.
Visit MyShotCookCounty.com for the most up-to-date information, including site hours as they are subject to change.