Cook County's last mass-vaccination site closes, but 'lot of work to do,' top official says


(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Cook County has now closed all of its mass-vaccination centers.

The Matteson site, the last one of six centers to cease operations, closed at noon Wednesday.

Separately, county officials thanked nurses and National Guard members who worked at the now-empty Forest Park Plaza site with sirens and rounds of applause.

As of this week, the location had administered more than 137,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. All sites combined put more than 620,000 doses in arms.

Nearly 60% of the population has had at least one dose, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said.

“I think that’s a pretty good place to be in. We’ve got a lot of work to do. We’re going to continue to try to bring shots to where people are, and that means workplace, that means religious institutions, that means family reunions, family picnics.

“We’re going to go everyplace with our mobile vaccination effort to try to ratchet those numbers up.”

Among those the county government is enlisting for help is Chicago native and former DePaul basketball star Mark Aguirre.

“I’m just trying to convince people, don’t listen to things that are false narratives.  There’s a lot of them out there.  That’s pushing a lot of our African Americans back from taking the vaccine.”

Demand has fallen at these mass vaccination sites. At the Matteson location, officials said they gave 12 vaccinations on Wednesday.