Suburban Cook to move to universal vaccine eligibility for ages 16+ on April 12

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Information provided by the Governor’s Office

FOREST PARK, Ill. (April 8, 2021) – Illinois announced Thursday that Suburban Cook County will be joining the rest of the state as vaccination eligibility expands to all individuals ages 16 and up on Monday, April 12. An additional 150,000 new first-dose vaccine appointments will be made available at the 11 state-supported mass vaccination operations in Cook and the collar counties and area pharmacies the week of April 12. The state will deliver more than a quarter of a million doses next week to Cook and county sites open to all Illinois residents.

Mass vaccination site and pharmacy appointments for the week of Monday, April 12, will be released over the coming days across Cook and the collar counties.

Vaccination numbers increasing

To date, 73 percent of Illinois seniors and 42 percent of Illinoisans 16 and over have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. One quarter of the 16 and over population is fully vaccinated.

“Weeks ago, we set our sights on April 12 as the date for every county receiving vaccine from the state to open to full eligibility, and I’m so proud that all 101 counties and Suburban Cook have met that timeline,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Today, about one year from the beginning of the pandemic, the State of Illinois alone has administered over 6.7 million doses of vaccine. … Our fight to stay safe and protect ourselves isn’t over, but with each day and each dose, we move closer and closer to putting this pandemic to an end.”

“With today’s announcement that we are expanding vaccine eligibility to anyone aged 16 and older starting on April 12, let this serve as a reminder that we’re taking one more step closer to a sense of normalcy,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “During these times, I am also proud of the all the hard work that is continuously being done to expand fair and equitable access of the COVID-19 vaccine to the residents of Cook County and all Illinois residents.”

State-supported vaccine locations

The State of Illinois has established 20 state-supported mass vaccination locations across Illinois where residents from anywhere in Illinois can be vaccinated. All state-supported vaccination sites require appointments. The nearest site to Lansing is South Suburban College in South Holland. The full list of state-supported mass vaccination sites is available at coronavirus.illinois.gov.

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