Rockford, Illinois News

State launches mass COVID-19 vaccination site at former Rockford Kmart

ROCKFORD — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, on Monday, announced the launch of a state-supported mass vaccination site in Rockford.

The site, the former Kmart at 1321 Sandy Hollow Road, will open on Tuesday, Feb. 23. The governor is also activating additional members of the Illinois National Guard to support Winnebago County in standing up additional mobile vaccination sites to reach rural and underserved communities.

Officials say the facility will provide 1,350 doses per day when it ramps up to full capacity.

“My administration is committed to administering the COVID-19 vaccine in an efficient and equitable manner with a robust vaccine infrastructure in every corner of the state,” Pritzker said. “These new mass vaccination sites and mobile teams will build on our partnership with local health departments and help ensure we administer doses as quickly as we receive them. As the federal government works to continue to build up the vaccine supply, every Illinoisan can continue do their part to fight this virus by following public health guidance and getting vaccinated when it is their turn to do so.”

Vaccinations will be given by appointment only. Those seeking a vaccine can register on the Winnebago County Health Health Department website.

Those who have previously registered with the health department are already on the list and should wait to receive notification about a vaccination date.

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