Coronavirus

McHenry COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic to stop providing vaccines this Saturday

The site, located in a former Kmart, will continue to offer COVID-19 tests

The COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic located in a former Kmart in McHenry will no longer offer COVID-19 vaccinations starting Saturday, the McHenry County Department of Health said Thursday.

The site at 1900 N. Richmond Road, which is operated by private COVID-19 health care provider Curative, will continue to offer COVID-19 testing.

The vaccine “is widely available throughout McHenry County,” the county health department said in the release, pointing residents to vaccines.gov to find a provider near them.

The number of vaccines being administered to McHenry County residents each day has plateaued, remaining around 400 for about a week and a half, Illinois Department of Public Health data shows.

The McHenry County Department of Health did not receive any additional doses of vaccine this week but did receive 100 doses the week before, the county’s dashboard shows. The week of Aug. 29, it received 1,170, the most it has received in a week since early May.

In its statement Thursday, the McHenry County Department of Health made a push for vaccines even for those that have been infected.

“Immunity caused by infection of the virus is limited in its protection against COVID-19,” Dr. Laura Buthod, a medical advisor with the department, said in the release. “One recent study suggests that you are twice as likely to get reinfected if you are unvaccinated. Vaccines are a safe and effective way of preventing infection and reducing the risk of severe illness caused by COVID-19, so protect yourself and those you love by getting vaccinated.”

Those in need assistance registering for the vaccine can call the McHenry County Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center at 815-334-4045. McHenry County residents who need assistance with transportation to the vaccination appointment can call the call center to be connected to transportation services.

Emily Coleman

Emily K. Coleman

Originally from the northwest suburbs, Emily K. Coleman is the editor for the Northwest Herald. She spent about seven years prior to that with Shaw Media, first covering the town of Dixon for Sauk Valley Media and then various communities within McHenry County from 2012 to 2016.