College Vaccination Day is April 19 for Cook County sites

Information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (April 16, 2021) – With young people driving the increase in COVID-19 cases in Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is announcing “College Vaccination Days” to encourage all community college and public and private university students across Illinois to get vaccinated at mass vaccination sites.

This weekend and next week state-supported mass vaccination sites across Illinois will have COVID-19 vaccination appointments available for college and university students. Cook County’s “College Vaccination Day” is Monday, April 19. IDPH is partnering with colleges and universities in Illinois to help them direct their students to state-supported sites.

High case counts for young people

Beginning in April, the highest case count in Illinois was among those in their 20s. Over the past month, cases among those 18-24 years of age doubled.

“Our young adults have a key role to play in bringing this pandemic to an end, and I’m proud to make it easier for our community college and public and private university students to access these life-saving vaccines,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Getting vaccinated is about protecting yourself, but it’s also about protecting your professors, your parents, your peers, campus staff, and the greater community you call home.”

“College campuses are microcosms of the communities in which they are located, and if we see an increase in cases on campus, we will see an increase in cases in the community,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “Especially as we are starting to see variants become more prevalent and the number of cases and hospitals increasing statewide, we need to vaccinate as many people as possible as quickly as possible.”

Sites for College Vaccination Day

The following mass vaccination sites will have appointments available specifically for college and university students on the following days. Colleges and universities will have the links where students can register for an appointment.





April 17

Adams County – Oakley Linsey Center

300 Civic Center Plaza



April 18

Kane County

Former Carson Pirie Scott

970 North Lake St.


Kane County

Elgin Eastside Recreation Center

1800 E. Chicago St.


Kane County

Former Sam’s Club

501 N. Randall Rd.


Madison County – Gateway Convention Center

1 Gateway Drive


Sangamon County

Orr Building – State Fairgrounds

801 E. Sangamon Ave.


St. Clair County

Belle-Clair Fairgrounds

200 S. Belt East


Winnebago County

Former K-Mart

1321 Sandy Hollow Rd.



April 19

Cook County

Arlington Heights Health Center

3250 N. Arlington Heights Rd.

Arlington Heights

Cook County

Former K-Mart

1155 E. Oakton St.

Des Plaines

Cook County

Forest Park – Former HOBO

7600 Roosevelt Rd.

Forest Park

Cook County

Matteson – Former Target

4647 Promenade Way


Cook County

South Suburban College

15800 State St.

South Holland

Cook County

Tinley Park Convention Center

18451 Convention Center Drive

Tinley Park

Cook County

Triton College

2000 5th Ave.

River Grover


April 20

DuPage County

Fairgrounds Building 1

2015 Manchester Rd.


Grundy County

Shabbona Middle School

725 School St.


Lake County

Lake County Fairgrounds

1060 E. Peterson Rd.


Will County

Former Toys R Us

3128 Voyager Lane


All mass vaccination locations will be administering either Moderna, or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.  At the recommendation of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, IDPH is pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and it will not be administered at mass vaccination sites until further guidance from the CDC.  Students can make appointments to get their second doses of the vaccine when getting their first dose.