DuPage County reopens mass vaccination site for COVID-19 booster

COVID-19 Booster shot vaccine center
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WHEATON, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The DuPage County Health Department reopened its mass vaccination clinic at the government complex in Wheaton to administer COVID-19 booster shots.

The shots are available for Pfizer vaccine recipients who completed their initial series at least six months ago and are:
-65 years and older
-Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings​
-Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
-Age 18+ who work in high-risk settings
-Age 18+ who live in high-risk settings

Karen Ayala, Executive Director of the DuPage County Health Department, explained the community vaccine clinic isn’t just for repeat customers.

“It’s going to be open for the next several months for individuals who may be making that decision for the first time to get their initial series of the vaccine, she said. “They’ll have access to our site as well.”

Within its first few hours of opening, the clinic saw about 150 people and Ayala said the county health department is capable of administering up to 1,000 doses per day. Several residents who either live or work in DuPage County showed up for their third dose Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s not required but if I didn’t [get the booster], I’d have to get a COVID test every week,” said Carla Whitlock, a dental assistant in Wheaton. “I believe in the vaccine. I believe it’s helping people.”

“I’m around people, and I want to protect myself and my family,” added Denis O’Halloran, commissioner of the Tri-State Fire Department.

“I work with patients that have different conditions that can make them susceptible to getting sick, so it’s not just about me, I’m also thinking about other people,” said Melissa Quijano, a social worker who lives in DuPage County.

Booster shots are available by appointment only and can be made here or by calling (630) 682-7400. The facility is currently open Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:30 a.m.
to 12 p.m.