Cook County Health will consolidate COVID-19 mass vaccination sites across the region to focus on expanding community initiatives, the department said on Wednesday.
The Tinley Park, South Holland and River Grove vaccination sites will be consolidated into the Forest Park, Des Plaines and Matteson sites, according to CCH.
“It is essential that we continue to meet people where they are, geographically or psychologically, to get them vaccinated,” said Toni Preckwinkle, chairman of the Cook County Council of Commissioners. “It means going to neighborhoods and working with community organizations to make sure everyone has access to the vaccine and that we can fix the issues that make people hesitate.
CCH has identified 32 municipalities as priority areas for COVID vaccinations based on the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control’s Social Vulnerability Index and the COVID Community Vulnerability Index.
Priority communities, mostly in the western and southern suburbs, are receiving additional resources related to immunization efforts, according to the health department.
“The easy part is over,” said CCH CEO Israel Rocha. “Most of the people who knew they wanted to be vaccinated have been vaccinated. We are now focusing on hearts and minds, educating and encouraging those who have not yet been vaccinated to get vaccinated. It will take effort. very local. ”
Since its opening, more than 267,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered at sites in Tinley Park, South Holland and River Grove, including more than 800,000 throughout Cook County.