Cook County Health’s clinic in North Riverside has been chosen to serve as one of the first four state-sponsored COVID-19 vaccination sites in Cook County.
The site began administering vaccinations to health care workers only on Jan. 19, starting Jan. 25 the shots will become available eligible members of the public, including those 65 and older and other frontline essential workers, according to a press release issued by state Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-4th), who represents North riverside and part of Brookfield.
“I’m happy to see a vaccination site located in the district I represent that prioritizes health care workers,” said Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood). “They will finally have a chance to be protected the way they have protected us during this tragic pandemic, and giving everyone the opportunity to get vaccinated is vitally important. Vaccination is the pathway to getting families back together, businesses back open, and our lives back to normal.”
The North Riverside clinic, which opened in early 2020 and is located at 1800 Harlem Ave., will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“I’m pleased to hear we are getting a vaccination facility in our village,” said North Riverside Mayor Hubert Hermanek Jr. in the press release. “I would like to thank the governor for allowing us to have it, and I especially want to thank my friend Senator Lightford for helping us acquire this and for all the great things she continues to do for the village of North Riverside.”
Because supplies are limited, however, starting Jan. 25 those 65 and older as well as other essential workers must make appointments before going to the clinic. The Illinois Department of Public Health has not yet provided information on how to make appointments.
As the state moves into the next phase of its vaccination plan, the Illinois Department of Public Health is partnering with large pharmacies to offer additional vaccination sites.