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Cook County residents 75 and older can be vaccinated for COVID-19 this week

Note: All time slots for the vaccination event Jan. 28 at the community center are now full. The next sign up date will be Monday, Feb. 1. Check back for updates on what age groups in Cook County will be eligible for the vaccine during next week’s event.

Cook County residents who are age 75 and older will be eligible to get vaccinated for COVID-19 this week at the community center in Grand Marais.

Local residents who are 75 or older can sign up Jan. 25 starting at 11 a.m. to get vaccinated. The vaccination event is from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28 at the Cook County Community Center. Pre-registration is required and online registration is encouraged.

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Note: All time slots for the vaccination event Jan. 28 at the community center are now full. The next sign up date will be Monday, Feb. 1. Check back for updates on what age groups in Cook County will be eligible for the vaccine during next week’s event.

Insurance information is not required at the time of registration. There is no need to receive approval from your primary care physician as long as you have not had a previous anaphylactic reaction or are not immunocompromised, according to Cook County public health officials

For those who do not have internet access or need additional help, call (218) 387-3668.

Public health officials asked those not in the current eligible group to refrain from calling or emailing about being vaccinated early. Adults age 65 and older, people with high risk medical conditions and other essential workers will have access to a vaccine as part of phase 1c distribution in the next phase of the vaccine rollout. Announcements will be made each Monday on WTIP at 7:40 a.m. for what age group is eligible for the vaccine that week.

During a live interview on WTIP that aired on Daybreak Jan. 25, Public Health Supervisor Grace Grinager shared many of the details involved with both registration and the vaccination event scheduled for Jan. 28. An estimated 200 people age 75 or older who are Cook County residents will get vaccinated this week during the event. Hundreds more will be eligible for vaccines each subsequent week, Grinager told WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs during the Jan. 25 update. Public health officials will continue to vaccinate local residents based on their age, moving next into the 65 and older age group.

As of Jan. 21, more than 12 percent of the population in Cook County has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, compared with less than 5 percent of the population statewide.

Listen to the full interview with Grinager in the audio shared below.