North Riverside clinic chosen as COVID-19 vaccine site

Starting Jan. 25, vaccine open to those 65+ and essential workers

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By Bob Uphues


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.

More information about the state's vaccination plan is available on the IDPH website or you can sign up to receive vaccine updates fromthe Cook County Department of Health by clicking here.

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Meathead Goldwyn from Brookfield  

Posted: January 20th, 2021 2:11 PM

@Matt Leuck I'm afraid it is much more complicated than you think. I have family in Pompano Bch, Florida (Mom is 94) and she can't get an appt for the vaccine so not everyone has it. And Florida has a problem that many snowbirds are cutting the line. Clearly Illinois could do a much better job, but part of the problem is that we don't have enough vaccine yet and that is controlled by the Feds. Why would the feds ship more to Florida than Illinois? Could the politics of the governors be a factor?

Matt Leuck from RIVERSIDE  

Posted: January 20th, 2021 11:20 AM

My Florida friends over 65 have all been vaccinated at the local hospital. We can't even sign up for the vaccine here in Illinois and especially Cook County. No wonder no one wants to live here any more.

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