Cook County Health and Illinois National Guard shepherd District 215 teachers, staff from registration to vaccination
by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (February 10, 2021) – Through a unique agreement with Cook County Health, TF South has become a designated vaccination site where District 215 personnel can receive the COVID-19 vaccine—by appointment only. The site is prepared to deliver 400 vaccines per day, ramping up to 1,000 per day if supplies allow.
Both the District 215 School Board and Cook County Health are stressing that TF South is not a public vaccination site. The supply of vaccines is designated for District 215 teachers and staff, many of whom have been unable to get a vaccine even weeks after Illinois entered Phase 1B, despite being considered essential workers.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and several other elected officials at the Wednesday afternoon press conference stressed that TF South is not a public vaccination site. It is the first of several planned Points Of Distribution (POD) designated for specific service industries. District 215 personnel have received an email with a personalized link for setting up a vaccination appointment. Anyone checking in for their appointment is required to show District 215 identification or credentials before receiving the vaccine. Members of the general public who show up hoping for a vaccination will be turned away.