Two announcements today gave Illinois and Kane County citizens a bright ray of hope that they might be seeing the beginning of the end of the pandemic.
Governor JB Pritzker announced vastly expanded eligibility for vaccinations in Illinois commencing April 12. The new guidelines effectively make all citizens 16 years of age and older eligible to receive the vaccination.
In addition, the governor announced relaxation of some capacity restrictions related to movie theaters, performance venues and museums.
Here in Kane County, Kane County Board Chairman Corinne Pierog and the Kane County Health Department (KCHD) announced that they have secured a COVID-19 vaccination site, which will open this Friday, March 19th by appointment only. The site will be known as the Kane Vax Hub. Vaccinations are available by appointment only. New appointments will be made weekly as more vaccine becomes available.
“The new vaccination site is going to vastly improve the ability of Kane County to vaccinate our citizens and workforce.”
County Board Chairman Pierog said “The new vaccination site is going to vastly improve the ability of Kane County to vaccinate our citizens and workforce. Kane County is fully committed to serve our underserved populations that have been disproportionately impacted by this pandemic and will be providing direct communication and access to vaccination for these communities by working with community partners like Pace, Township Offices, School Districts, and community organizations to help with appointments and transportation. We want to encourage everyone to get vaccinated and we will provide the resources and services to make that possible.”
The site, located at 501 N. Randall Road in Batavia, IL (the former Sam’s Club), will open this Friday, March 19, 2021. The site will currently be open by appointment only to those who are currently in priority groups (1A, 1B and 1B+). The site will be staffed by members of the KCHD, the Medical Reserve Corps, the National Guard, and other community partners.
Hours for the site will be determined based on vaccine availability. If vaccine is available the plan is to be open Tuesday through Sunday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM by appointment only. The weekly vaccine supply that the KCHD receives will be spread out amongst the six days the clinic will be open and appointments can be made by visiting KANEVAX.ORG.