To stem the surge in COVID-19 infections caused by the current Omicron surge, three large mass vaccination sites are slated to open in Cook County in the coming days.
County officials closed the remaining mass vaccination sites in July, citing a change in strategy due to a sharp drop in attendance. Instead, health officials implemented a hyper-local model, organizing clinics at festivals and other community gatherings.
In a press release Monday, Cook County Health announced the reopening of immunization centers in Des Plaines, Forest Park and Matteson “to provide greater access to immunization during this surge.”
While appointments are encouraged, walk-ins are allowed, health officials said.
All three locations are open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Here are the locations and opening dates:
Tuesday, January 18 – Forest Park – 7630 W. Roosevelt Rd. (Former HOBO location)
Thursday, January 20 – Matteson – 4467 Promenade Way (former destination)
Saturday, January 22 – Des Plaines – 1155 E. Oakton St. (formerly Kmart)
Doses of Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines will be available at each location.
Only people 18 and older can receive the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines, according to current federal health agency guidance.
Children as young as 5 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, but the minimum age for a booster shot is 12 years old.