Illinois Launches Mass Vaccination Expansion in DuPage and Kane Counties to Meet the State’s Vaccine-For-All Goal on April 12th

Rural vaccination pilot program to add 5 new counties

Following Thursday’s announcement that all Illinois residents age 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 12, the State of Illinois is moving ahead with a mass vaccination expansion effort in the collar counties to enhance the efforts of local health departments to increase access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

As part of the expansion plan, Governor Pritzker announced Friday partnerships with DuPage and Kane Counties to launch mass vaccination sites.

The state is also announcing an expansion of its rural vaccination program, which successfully vaccinated more than 2,700 individuals in Fayette, Moultrie, and Shelby counties this past week. After an additional vaccination clinic in Clay County on Monday, the program will expand to five additional counties: Edwards, Lawrence, Cumberland, Edgar and Stephenson.

“Since day one, our Illinois COVID-19 Vaccination Plan has been an all-hands-on-deck effort, and as the national supply has expanded, so too has the number of locations Illinoisans can get vaccinated – already above 900, and growing,” said Governor Pritzker. “Ahead of our expansion to universal adult eligibility on April 12th, I’m proud to launch expanded state operations in two critical areas of access: our high-density collar counties, and our one-stop shop vaccination clinics in rural communities. With nearly one in three adult residents already vaccinated, Illinois has made great progress to date in saving lives and ending this pandemic, and I’ll deploy every available resource to get the entire state over that finish line as quickly as possible.”

The state is partnering with DuPage County and deploying additional resources to create a joint-state/county mass vaccination site. This new collaboration will significantly expand the existing DuPage County operation and make this resource accessible to all Illinois residents.

The state is also launching an additional mass vaccination site in Kane County, in partnership with the local health department, to vaccinate all eligible Illinoisans regardless of zip code.

These additional sites in DuPage and Kane add on to National Guard missions in Lake and McHenry to further support vaccination efforts in the collar counties.

In addition to the state’s network of vaccination clinics, the Illinois National Guard is supporting local health departments with mobile vaccination teams to increase access in rural and underserved communities.  At the direction of the local health department, mobile teams moved from site to site within a county to reduce travel barriers and increase accessibility.  Currently, state supported mobile teams are operating in St. Clair, Southern Seven Health Department, Sangamon, Madison, Winnebago, Rock Island, McLean, Grundy, Vermilion, DeKalb, McHenry and Cook.

After a successful pilot, the state’s Rural Vaccination Program will continue today in Moultrie County and Monday in Clay County offering the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This coming week, the program will expand to five additional counties: Edwards, Lawrence, Cumberland, Edgar and Stephenson.

Appointments for the rural vaccination pilot program can be obtained by contacting the local health department and are reserved for the residents of those counties.

March 19

Moultrie County
Building 1225, 1225 S Hamilton St, Sullivan
https://www.moultriehealth.org/

March 22

Oil Belt Christian Service Camp, Clay County
555 Park Road, Flora
https://www.healthdept.org/

March 24

Edwards County
230 North 5th Street, Albion
Appointments are booked through Wabash County Health Dept.
618-263-3873

March 25

Lawrence County
Central Christian Church
303 Buchanan Drive, Lawrenceville
812-213-0199

March 26

Cumberland County
Location information to follow
217-849-3211

March 27

Edgar County
Location information to follow
https://ecphd.org/
217-294-2729

March 29-30

Stephenson County
Location information to follow
www.co.stephenson.il.us/health/
815-599-8412

There are now more than 900 vaccination locations in Illinois open to the public, and these locations can be viewed online at https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/. For those having difficulty navigating online services to make vaccination appointments, the Vaccine Appointment Call Center may be able to assist. This hotline is available seven days a week from 6:00 a.m. to midnight. Call agents’ primary role is to help individuals navigate the various online registration sites. However, if the individual does not have access to online services or is unable to navigate the site, the call agent will make an appointment on the caller’s behalf. The Vaccine Appointment Call Center phone number is 1-833-621-1284.