Cook County is developing a multi-pronged approach to vaccine administration to expand current capacity, ensure an equitable distribution of vaccine in vulnerable communities, and help safely restore critical public services. As vaccine supply increases, additional Points of Distribution (PODs) will be considered. All sites require an appointment.
Federal Vaccination Center to open at United Center March 9
A FEMA-run Community Vaccination Center will be set up in the parking lot of the United Center and will have the capacity to administer 6,000 vaccinations per day for at least eight weeks. The Pfizer vaccine will be used through March, and the vaccine will be administered via a combination of walk-up and drive-through services.
The site will operate by appointment only. Seniors will have first access to appointments. People 65 and older can go online to Zocdoc or call 312-746-4835 to schedule an appointment. Those with computer access are encouraged to use it so that those without can more easily register by phone.
Any remaining available slots will open to those eligible in the 1B+ category, with registration beginning 4 p.m. Sunday, March 7. Those in the 1B+ category should also use Zocdoc or call 312-746-4835 to make appointments.
Phase 1B+ includes:
Encouraging COVID-19 metrics have prompted a new mitigation order, which increases capacity limits in bars, restaurants, and event spaces and includes masking language, reinforcing the need for all over two years of age who can medically tolerate wearing masks to do so in public places. The complete list is as follows:
All Businesses and Individuals
Bars, Restaurants, Private Clubs, Country Clubs (All businesses that offer food or beverages for on-premises consumption—including, but not limited to, restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and food halls):
Meetings, Social Events and Gatherings - including, but not limited to, weddings, potlucks, etc.
Indoor and Outdoor Activities
Arts and Culture
Health and Fitness Centers
Hotel & Accommodations
Early studies of the UK and other variants have shown the variants spread more rapidly and easily than what we have seen previously. Experts warn of another potential surge due to these variants in the next several months. Because of this, it is vital for people to remain vigilant and continue to wear their masks, keep a six-foot distance, avoid large gatherings, and get vaccinated when they are eligible.
City partners with Zocdoc for vaccine registration
The Zocdoc Vaccine Scheduler is free and is designed to streamline vaccine scheduling.
Here's how it works:
The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the establishment of an exclusive Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan application period until March 8, 2021 for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees. This will give lenders and community partners more time to work with the smallest businesses to submit their applications.
The Cook County network of over 35 partners is available to assist small businesses.
The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership is receiving $4 million from Cook County in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and CARES Act funding. The funding will support training, placement, and career coaching programs for job seekers and provide additional resources for employers and training providers serving or located in suburban Cook County.
It's time to make plans for 2021!
As you might expect, permitting processes and policies have changed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Permits for 2021 are available for purchase online or by telephone. Visit the website below, or call 800-870-3666, option 1. Due to anticipated high call volume, the best way to book a space will be through our website.
In-person permit sales are not currently available as the Forest Preserves General Headquarters is closed per the new COVID measures.
Permits are available now for indoor events to be held in 2021. Events will be available at the Volunteer Resource Center/Edgebrook, Dan Ryan, and Thatcher Woods only.
All social distancing requirements apply. Wear a cloth mask.
Do not visit the forest preserves if you are sick or experiencing symptoms, or if you have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last two weeks.
Carry and use hand sanitizer if you touch handrails or other surfaces.
If you witness people not observing social distancing guidelines, please call the forest preserve non-emergency number: 708-771-1000.
Stay at home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms.
Cook County is responsible for providing essential services in the areas of public safety, public health, the court system, elections, tax assessment and appeals, recording deeds, and managing forest preserves. As an independent-minded member of the Board, I have worked hard to combine fiscal responsibility with social awareness. I am honored to serve the people of the 9th district, which includes: portions of the far northwest side of Chicago; Park Ridge, River Forest, Elmwood Park, Harwood Heights, Mount Prospect, Norridge, River Grove, Rosemont, and Schiller Park; portions of Arlington Heights, Melrose Park, Morton Grove, Niles, and Prospect Heights; and unincorporated Norwood Park, Maine, and Wheeling Townships.
The Cook County Clerk's office and website can guide you through how to obtain birth and death certificates, marriage and domestic partner licenses, notary commissions, and much more.
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