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Des Plaines mass vaccination site opens Thursday

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The National Guard-supported site will be the first in Cook County to utilize the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Video Transcript

ERIC HORNG: Alan and Cheryl, this site is located in a former big box store. The old Kmart, if you're familiar with this area. But now it's a mass vaccination clinic. One of the largest, if not the largest, in the Northwest suburbs. Cook County board president Toni Preckwinkle joined by other public officials in touring this new location at 55 East Oakton Street in Des Plaines.

This National Guard-supported site will be the first in the county to utilize the new Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The county expecting 18,000 J&J doses to arrive from the federal government tomorrow. The goal is to vaccinate beginning as early as Friday. Up to 3,500 people here per day.

ISRAEL ROCHA, JR.: Because Johnson and Johnson is a single-dose vaccine, patients do not have to worry about scheduling a second appointment. That's an advantage that will able to be afforded to make sure that we can actually see even more individuals by-- through sites like today.

TONI PRECKWINKLE: We'll continue to urge patients in this vaccination process, as we know the vaccine supply has been limited. And while it's improving, we still cannot meet demand.

ERIC HORNG: This site in Des Plaines is the fourth large-scale vaccination center in suburban Cook County, joining facilities in Tinley Park, River Grove, and South Holland. That's in addition to National Guard-supported sites at several Cook County health centers. Appointments for this new site, as I mentioned, can be made starting tomorrow at 1:00 PM, at vaccine.cookcountyil.gov, or by phone at 833-308-1988. Open Monday through Friday, 7:00 to 7:00. And again, officials hope to begin vaccinations here for people in Phase 1B starting on Friday or Saturday.