Kane/Cook Elgin Mass Vaccination Site
The Kane/Cook Elgin Mass Vaccination Site opened at the Eastside Recreation Center, located at 1080 E. Chicago Street, on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. This site will be open six days per week. Vaccinations are available by appointment only. To register, visit kanevax.org or call 855-4-KANEVAX (855-452-6382).
Appointments and hours of operations are limited due to available vaccine supply, but and are expected to expand over time.
The Kane/Cook Elgin Mass Vaccination Site needs volunteers (18 and older) to assist Tuesdays-Sundays. Volunteer shifts will be approximately 2.5-3 hours each. For details on volunteer duties and to sign up to help, please visit cityofelgin.org/vaxvolunteer..
The City of Elgin continues working with agencies to help increase vaccine distribution to eligible persons.
The City has successfully hosted several vaccination clinics at the Edward Schock Centre of Elgin, with several more already scheduled. These clinics, notice of clinics and appointment registration, however, are coordinated by vaccine providers such as the Kane County Health Department (KCHD), clinics, pharmacies, hospitals and medical practices.
City of Elgin Senior Liaison Cherie Aschenbrenner, works closely with Senior Services Associates of Elgin, and has been actively notifying seniors of their clinic openings through her email distribution list (the link to signup to receive these emails is cityofelgin.org/seniornews). To date, Senior Services Associates of Elgin has hosted ten clinics⏤six at the Centre, two at the School District U-46 administration building and two at Elgin Community College.
Vaccinations are currently only available to persons that fall into priority categories listed in the state's Vaccination Plan Phase 1a and Phase 1b+. This includes frontline healthcare workers, long-term care facility residents and staff, frontline essential workers, residents age 65 and over, persons with high risk conditions, higher education staff, government workers and media, food and beverage workers, construction trade workers and religious leaders. All residents 16 and up will be eligible beginning April 12.
Those persons falling into those categories that need appointments are encouraged to register with their county health department's notification list as well as local clinics and pharmacies, and take the first available appointment offered by any providers. Seniors requiring assistance with registering can call Seniors Services Associates of Elgin at 847-741-0404.
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
The first supply of COVID-19 vaccine receiving Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began being distributed in the U.S. on December 14, 2020. During the initial period, referred to as Phase 1a, supplies of the vaccine are limited, and therefore allocated to health care personnel and long-term care (LTC) residents and staff. Vaccine supply is expected to increase over time. Phase 1b began statewide on Monday, January 25, which includes non-healthcare frontline essential workers and persons over 65 years old. On February 25, the State of Illinois moved to the Vaccination Plan Phase 1B+ which includes persons with high risk conditions.
A portal on the State's website, coronavirus.illinois.gov, provides residents with easily accessible information about the COVID-19 vaccine. The portal provides eligible residents with nearby vaccination sites, information on how to make an appointment to receive the vaccine, updates on the state’s plan and eligibility and answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.
On March 12, IDPH launched the Vaccine Appointment Call Center to assist people who do not have access to or who have difficulty navigating online services in making appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Vaccine Appointment Call Center phone number is 833-621-1284 and can take TTY calls.
On March 18, Governor Pritzker announced that all Illinoisans age 16 and up will become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on April 12.
Kane County Health Department
The Kane County Health Department (KCHD) began administering vaccines to Phase 1b essential workers on January 21, 2021. KCHD also announced appointments for seniors 65+ began in late January at more than 40 COVID-19 vaccine providers such as clinics, pharmacies, hospitals and medical practices: Find COVID-19 vaccine appointment locations here.
Kane County has opened three mass vaccination sites, including the Elgin location listed above. The other two locations are:
- 501 N. Randall Road, Batavia: Open six days a week (Monday-Saturday) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- 970 North Lake Street, Aurora: Open six days a week (Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Appointments are required at these mass vaccination sites. To register, visit KaneVax.org or call 855-4-KANEVAX (855-452-6382).
Cook County Department of Public Health
The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) expands to Vaccination Phase 1b on Monday, January 25. Vaccine supply remains limited and CCDPH urges patience. Vaccine supply is expected to continually increase in the weeks and months ahead. CCDPH will work with partners to ensure those that are the most vulnerable have access COVID vaccinations.
Homebound residents in Suburban Cook County can now call the Cook County Vaccine Hotline at 833-308-1988 to get added to a waitlist for an in-home vaccine.
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