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State opens new mass vaccination site in Aurora

GENEVA –The Kane County Board Office and the Kane County Health Department, in collaboration with the city of Aurora, will open a vaccination site tomorrow at the former Carson Pirie Scott & Co., 970 N. Lake St., Aurora, to offer free COVID-19 vaccines to all eligible Illinoisan residents, officials announced in a news release.

It will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and is one of four state-supported mass vaccination sites recently announced by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker.

Vaccinations administered at the new Aurora location will be scheduled by appointment only and will be available through the KaneVax.org website. As of April 12, all individuals above the age of 16 will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

The sites opening in Kane County, Lake County and Will County will be new, and an existing Grundy County site will be expanded, the release stated.

More information about Illinois’ efforts against the COVID-19 virus, is available by visiting coronavirus.illinois.gov. The state’s more than 900 vaccination locations are listed on this site.

“Over 3.6 million Illinoisans have already received their first dose of vaccine,” Governor Pritzker stated in a news release issued by his office. “However, this battle is far from over, and with new cases and hospitalizations on the rise, I encourage every resident to buckle down, wear your mask, and do your part so we can all power through to the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin stated in the release that, “As we ramp up efforts to exponentially vaccinate more people, we look forward to transition our Aurora Mass Vaccination Site into a state-run facility six days per week.”

“When we took measures to open the site last month with our local partners, the goal was for it to serve as many people as possible,” Irwin stated in the release. “Through the partnership with the State, the Aurora site will grow in capacity to immunize thousands of people per day in a safe and convenient location. Aurora is all in.”

According to Kane County Health Department Interim Director Kathy Fosser, the Health Department is working in partnership with the city of Aurora, the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Illinois National Guard, and community partners to expand and provide additional vaccination appointments to target underserved areas and populations at greatest risk, the release stated.

County Board Chairwoman Corinne Pierog stated in the release that, “The new vaccination site in Aurora will expand upon the efforts the city of Aurora has already made to vaccinate residents.”

“The additional support and vaccination efforts will increase the availability of appointments and provide more vaccination opportunities closer to home,” Pierog stated in the release. “We are continuing to improve our accessibility to the residents that have been disproportionately affected by the virus and those that are in underserved areas of Kane County.”

Vaccinations administered at the new Aurora location will be scheduled by appointment only and will be available through the KaneVax.org website. As of April 12, all individuals above the age of 16 will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

If you need assistance to make an appointment, call 855-452-6382; or the Illinois Vaccine Appointment Call Center: 833-621-1284; or the Illinois Guidance on COVID-19: 800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@illinois.gov.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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