SPRINGFIELD,, IL (STL.News) Building on a robust and expanding plan to improve vaccine equity and accessibility in all parts of the state, Governor JB Pritzker today announced additional state resources will be deployed to Grundy and Rock Island counties to launch local fixed and mobile vaccination sites. The additional manpower from the Illinois National Guard will enhance accessibility by increasing appointment availability for residents in these counties and support mobile vaccination operations in these counties to offer direct assistance to underserved communities. These local sites will be limited to residents in their respective counties at this time to increase county vaccination rates.
“I’m proud to deploy Illinois National Guard teams and additional state resources to Grundy and Rock Island to ensure residents in these counties can receive their vaccines as efficiently and equitably as possible,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “One in six Illinoisans have already received their first dose of vaccine, and as the federal government prepares to increase Illinois’ deliveries to over 100,000 a day in the coming weeks, IDPH and our 97 local health departments are prepared to meet the moment. In the meantime, I encourage all Illinoisans to wear their masks and stay vigilant as we power through to the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
As of March 5, there were more than 1,200 Illinois National Guard service members assisting with COVID-19 response throughout Illinois.