New Stops Added for Rural Vaccination Teams, Rapid Response Programs
Effective today, all Illinois residents age 16 and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. This move to universal eligibility is one week ahead of President Biden’s call to make this safe and effective vaccine available to all Americans 16 years and older by April 19. More than two-thirds of Illinois counties already have begun offering the COVID-19 vaccine to all individuals 16 and older. At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for individuals 16 and older, while the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for individuals 18 and older. With more than 1,000 vaccination locations throughout the state open to residents 16 and older, including all state-supported vaccination sites, local health departments clinics, and pharmacy partners outside the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois will continue its push for greater equity and accessibility in healthcare.
To further expand availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, Governor JB Pritzker announced today three additional counties will receive support from the Rural Vaccination program and three new counties will receive Rapid Response vaccination teams to mitigate COVID-19 trends.
“From the onset of the pandemic, the men and women of our Illinois National Guard have been leaders in our COVID-19 response: setting up Alternate Care Facilities, running hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 tests, and delivering safety equipment to frontline responders all across Illinois,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “As we’ve ramped up our vaccination efforts across the state, our Guard has once again stepped up to meet the moment – as they always do. I’m thrilled to announce that our Guard has administered more than one million doses of the life-saving vaccine. I want to thank Major General Rich Neely for his steadfast leadership and the entire team for their work to keep the people of Illinois safe during the pandemic.”
“Having the vaccine as easily accessible as possible for as many people as possible is crucial as we are seeing an increase in cases and hospitalizations,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “Right now, it’s a race between vaccine and variants. We are seeing more variants being detected, but we are also seeing vaccinations increase. We need vaccinations to outpace the variants and adding rural and rapid response vaccination teams will help in that race.”
This week, an additional 150,000 new first-dose vaccine appointments were made available at the state-supported mass vaccination operations in Cook and the collar counties and area pharmacies as the State opens to universal eligibility for individuals 16 and older. The state is delivering more than a quarter of a million doses to sites around the state that are open to all Illinois residents on top of tens of thousands of newly available appointments at hospitals, local county sites, and other mass vaccination sites throughout the region.
Rapid Response Program
To address early warning signs of COVID-19 resurgence, the State of Illinois is deploying rapid response vaccination teams to LaSalle, Tazewell, McDonough and Woodford counties, while additional doses will be sent to local health departments in Peoria to enhance local operations.
Once activated, the Rapid Response teams move into an assigned county supplied with Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which fully vaccinates residents after one-shot. These teams move at the direction of the local health department to augment a vaccination strategy to quickly inoculate residents in an area experiencing a rise in test positivity.
This is the second week for additional state assistance in Peoria, Woodford and Tazewell counties. In one week, these counties were able to administer 19,840 vaccines to eligible residents.
|Date||County||Make an appointment||Doses Available|
|Vaccine introduced into existing local health department efforts||500|
Since the vaccine was first made available in Illinois last December, the state has administered more than 7.2 million doses, with 22.6% of the population fully vaccinated. Of that, the state has administered the more than 1.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Illinois adults ages 65 and over, which is more than 75% of the 65 and over population.
These successes have been made possible thanks to the tireless efforts of our local health departments and the continuous efforts of the Illinois National Guard. Over the weekend, the Illinois National Guard administered its one millionth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“To pass the one million vaccination threshold is a tribute to our Soldiers and Airmen as well as their families and employers, who allow our National Guard members to respond when needed,” said Maj. Gen. Rich Neely, the Adjutant General of Illinois and Commander of the Illinois National Guard. “The Illinois National Guard has made history in 2020 and 2021. I could not be more proud to lead these women and men as they save lives across Illinois as well as respond to the needs of our nation.”
To date, there are more than 1,500 troops assigned to COVID-19 operations in 43 different locations throughout the state.
How to Make an Appointment
Information regarding vaccination locations as well as details on how to book an appointment to receive the vaccine can be found at the state’s COVID website, coronavirus.illinois.gov. Residents who don’t have access to or need assistance navigating online services can call the toll-free IDPH hotline at 833-621-1284 to book an appointment. The hotline is open 7 days a week from 6am to midnight with agents available in English and Spanish.
The state-supported vaccination sites listed below are open to all eligible Illinois residents, regardless of where they live, unless otherwise noted. All state-supported vaccination sites require appointments. Residents must meet the state’s current eligibility requirements to book an appointment. As a reminder, currently only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for those ages 16 and 17.
|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*||North Riverside, Morton, Thornton, Arlington Heights, and others||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov/
|*Smaller Cook County sites acting as mass vax sites the week of April 12th|
|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
|Now Open||DuPage CountyFairgrounds, 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||
|Now Open||Jackson County:Carbondale Civic Center||200 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale IL
|Now Open||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 7||Kane County:
Elgin Eastside Recreation Center
|1800 E. Chicago Street, Elgin IL||https://www.kanevax.org/||270|
|Now Open||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|
|Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield IL||
|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