Duckworth Tours Cook County Health COVID-19 Vaccination Site at Triton College
[RIVER GROVE, IL] — U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today toured Cook County Health’s COVID-19 vaccination site at Triton College and met with Cook County officials to discuss how federal and local entities can support each other equitably and efficiently vaccinating Illinoisans. Duckworth was joined by several local officials including Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Cook County Health CEO Israel Rocha Jr. Photos of today’s visit are available here.
“It’s great to see the work Cook County is doing here at Triton College to quickly and efficiently vaccinate so many Illinoisans,” Duckworth said. “Large vaccination sites like this and the federally-supported United Center mass vaccination site that will be opening soon are an important step in our efforts to overcome this pandemic. Though we’ve seen vast improvements in vaccine supply in recent weeks, we still need to get more vaccinations to Chicago, Cook County and all of Illinois. I will continue working to secure more funding to ensure that enough staff and supplies are available to keep getting Illinoisans vaccinated.”
Duckworth has been a leader in helping ensure states and municipalities have the resources they need to equitably and effectively distribute COVID-19 vaccines and ensuring Illinoisans know the vaccine is safe. Earlier this month, Duckworth announced nearly $50 million to support and expand vaccine distribution in Cook County. Duckworth worked closely with the Biden Administration to help bring a community vaccination center federal pilot site to Chicago which will launch in March. Duckworth has also held a series of virtual roundtables with Black and Latinx community leaders in Chicago and the Metro East to discuss the disproportionate public health impact of COVID-19 on people of color as well as plans to equitably distribute a safe vaccine to these communities across Illinois.
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