Nearly 1.9 million seek vaccine appointments at Cook County site in first hour of website launch

COVID vaccine

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Cook County has another mass-vaccination site opening Wednesday morning at Triton College in River Grove - the second of four such sites – and to say interest is high would be an understatement.

The Cook County vaccination website had nearly 1.9 million hits in the first hour of operation and 3,400 appointments were booked in the first 30 minutes, said Cook County Department of Public Health spokeswoman Deborah Song.

"At its peak, the website experienced 65,810 hits in a single minute, which can slow down some of the functionality," Song told the Daily Herald.

And as we heard from many, it leads to frustration.

"The demand for vaccines continues to outpace the supply that is currently in the United States," Song said. "We are as anxious to provide vaccinations as individuals are to receive them, but we are asking residents to remain patient."

The State of Illinois is still in vaccination Phase 1B, which includes those 65 and older, and frontline essential workers, like firefighters and police, teachers, and grocery store employees. Those who fell under Phase 1A - healthcare workers and nursing home residents - are also still being vaccinated.

Statewide, a total of 32,559 doses were administered Monday compared to the seven-day rolling average of 44,139.

A total of 1,455,825 doses of vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago. In addition, approximately 496,100 doses total have been allocated to the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership Program for long-term care facilities. This brings the total Illinois doses to 1,951,925.

A total of 1,028,969 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of Monday night, including 163,592 for long-term care facilities.

IDPH reported Tuesday 2,304 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including 47 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,130,917 cases, including 19,306 deaths.

As of Monday night, 2,447 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 533 patients were in the ICU and 265 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The state's seven-day average positivity rate is now at 3.9 percent.

Meanwhile, Chicago's Department of Public Health announced it was contracting with health care scheduling company Zocdoc to streamline COVID-19 vaccination appointments and offer real-time information about availability to help handle demand from residents.