CHICAGO (WREX) — The state of Illinois is ramping up its efforts in helping people in Rockford to get the coronavirus vaccine.
Governor JB Pritzker today announced the launch of two additional state-supported mass vaccination sites in Rockford and Collinsville.
The sites will launch on Tuesday, February 23 and each will ramp up to provide up to 1,350 doses per day at full capacity.
The Rockford vaccination site will be located at the old K-Mart at 1321 Sandy Hollow Rd.
The site will be by appointment only and walk-ins will not be accepted. To register for the vaccine, you can sign up here on the Winnebago County Health Department's website. If you have trouble navigating that site, you can also call the COVID-19 hotline at 815.319.6705.
“We are thrilled to be able to work with Governor Pritzker to bring the National Guard to Rockford to enhance our vaccination efforts,” said Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara. “We welcome the members of the National Guard into our community with open arms. This site will be critical to vaccinating tens of thousands of Rockfordians. I urge everyone who is able to consider being vaccinated.”
Governor JB Pritzker is also activating additional members of the Illinois National Guard to support Winnebago and Madison counties in standing up additional mobile vaccination sites to reach rural and underserved communities.
“The Winnebago County Health Department is grateful for the support of the Illinois National Guard to assist in the vaccination of our community against COVID-19. Through this partnership, additional resources will be provided to significantly increase the number of individuals who can receive COVID-19 vaccine each week.” said Public Health Administrator Dr. Sandra Martell. “The Illinois National Guard will be working side by side with the Winnebago County Medical Reserve Corp, community partners, and the Winnebago County Health Department at community and mobile sites to equitably vaccinate and prioritize those most at risk from severe disease and death from COVID-19.”
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