Three mass vaccination clinics open Sunday only in Cook County

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Sunday, December 12 only day to utilize one-day mass vaccination clinics

CHICAGO, Ill. (December 10, 2021) – With 97 counties in the State of Illinois now under a warning for increased COVID-19 trends, including an increase in positive cases and COVID-19 hospitalizations, the State of Illinois is partnering with Cook County Health to offer one-day mass vaccination booster clinics. These clinics, located in Arlington Heights, North Riverside, and Blue Island will offer residents an opportunity to capitalize on the extra protection provided by COVID-19 boosters at a time when new variants and increased transmission levels threaten the most vulnerable residents.

“Between the holiday season and the Omicron variant, it’s more important than ever for residents to get vaccinated and get boosted,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “All residents are welcome to visit our mass vaccination sites in southern, western, and northwestern Cook County this Sunday. It’s completely free, no matter your zip code, immigration status, or insurance status. Whether you need your booster dose, your first dose, or your second dose, our IDPH-IEMA teams are there to help you get protected from COVID-19.”

On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use as a booster in people ages 16 and 17. Just as with adults, 16- and 17-year-olds are now eligible — and recommended — to receive a booster dose six months after their second dose of the vaccine. At these three regionally located mass vaccination booster clinics, all three vaccines will be available for individuals in need of a booster. Individuals in need of a first or second dose are also welcome to utilize these free clinics. As with all state mass vaccination clinics are available to any Illinois resident, and no appointment, identification or health insurance will be required.

Location Hours Address Vaccines Offered
Arlington Heights 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 3250 N. Arlington Heights Road
Suite 300, Arlington Heights
Pfizer
Moderna
Johnson & Johnson
North Riverside 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 1800 S. Harlem Avenue
Suite A, North Riverside
Pfizer
Moderna
Johnson & Johnson
Blue Island 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 12757 S. Western Avenue, Blue Island Pfizer
Moderna
Johnson & Johnson

While adults have the ability to mix-and-match their booster vaccine, 16- and 17-year-olds are only authorized to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech booster.

Pfizer-BioNTech 16 years and older

Six months after second Pfizer dose

Moderna 18 years and older

Six months after second Moderna dose

Johnson & Johnson 18 years and older

2 months after initial vaccination

“If we are going to beat this pandemic, we need to work together and find ways to collaborate,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “With great locations already established, the State can partner with Cook County to provide the resources needed to provide a vaccination clinic this Sunday when it may be more convenient for people to get vaccinated.”

Earlier this week, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced Illinois’ first known COVID-19 case caused by the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529).  Although there is much more to learn about this new variant, initial data suggests that COVID-19 boosters strengthen our protection against COVID-19 and the Omicron variant.

As people gather indoors with family and friends for the holidays, state and local health officials urge residents to continue practicing preventive public health measures: vaccinations, booster shots, wearing masks, avoiding large crowds and social distancing where possible all remain our most effect tools for fighting COVID-19.

If you are unable to attend one of these three mass vaccination booster clinics, you can visit vaccines.gov to find a clinic near you.

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