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How does a mass vaccination site work? Here’s a look inside one at a former K-Mart in Des Plaines.

Friday, March 05, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Illinois has 18 mass vaccination sites running across the state. To see how they work, the Tribune visited a new site set up inside a vacant K-Mart in Des Plaines . The vaccination site, on Oakton Street, opened Thursday, along with a site at the convention center in Quincy that together can give shots to up to 4,000 people a day once at full capacity. Illinois passed a notable benchmark in its vaccination effort Friday, with more than 1 million people fully vaccinated — 8% of the state's overall population. Residents at the Des Plaines site were administered the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

1. ARRIVAL

A new sign hangs outside what used to be a K-Mart on Oakton Street in Des Plaines. The former big box store is now host to the vaccination effort in Cook County. The sign here is seen on March 5, 2021.

A new sign hangs outside what used to be a K-Mart on Oakton Street in Des Plaines. The former big box store is now host to the vaccination effort in Cook County. The sign here is seen on March 5, 2021. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)

 

2. THE LINE
Dozens of people, including Jack Alberts, 83, right, line up outside and wait for the doors to open to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at the Cook County vaccination site in Des Plaines on March 5, 2021, a day on which Illinois reached the one-million mark on vaccinating residents for the coronavirus.
Dozens of people, including Jack Alberts, 83, right, line up outside and wait for the doors to open to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at the Cook County vaccination site in Des Plaines on March 5, 2021, a day on which Illinois reached the one-million mark on vaccinating residents for the coronavirus. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)
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The former K-Mart on Oakton Street in Des Plaines is set up to handle thousands of vaccinations a day at full capacity. Jack Alberts, 83, left, enters the vaccination site with assistance from members of the National Guard as the doors open on March 5, 2021.
The former K-Mart on Oakton Street in Des Plaines is set up to handle thousands of vaccinations a day at full capacity. Jack Alberts, 83, left, enters the vaccination site with assistance from members of the National Guard as the doors open on March 5, 2021. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)
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3. TEMPERATURE CHECK
Nancy Lukens has her temperature read to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on March 5, 2021, in Des Plaines.
Nancy Lukens has her temperature read to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on March 5, 2021, in Des Plaines. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)
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Ethel Coleman of Bellwood has her temperature read upon arriving at the vaccine registration area on March 5, 2021.
Ethel Coleman of Bellwood has her temperature read upon arriving at the vaccine registration area on March 5, 2021. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)
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4. REGISTRATION
Those arriving at the center have to give information before receiving the vaccine. Jack Alberts gives his information to a member of the Illinois National Guard before receiving his vaccination in Des Plaines on March 5, 2021.
Those arriving at the center have to give information before receiving the vaccine. Jack Alberts gives his information to a member of the Illinois National Guard before receiving his vaccination in Des Plaines on March 5, 2021. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)
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5. THE SHOT
Jack Alberts receives his Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on March 5, 2021.
Jack Alberts receives his Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on March 5, 2021. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)
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Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine on March 5, 2021.
Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine on March 5, 2021. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)
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Vials of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine are kept in a locked refrigerator at the Cook County COVID-19 vaccine site in Des Plaines on March 5, 2021.
Vials of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine are kept in a locked refrigerator at the Cook County COVID-19 vaccine site in Des Plaines on March 5, 2021. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)
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Surrounded by cameras, Jack Alberts receives his Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at the Cook County COVID-19 vaccination site in Des Plaines on March 5, 2021.
Surrounded by cameras, Jack Alberts receives his Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at the Cook County COVID-19 vaccination site in Des Plaines on March 5, 2021. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)
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6. OBSERVATION
After receiving the vaccine people must wait 15 minutes to make sure there are no adverse affects. Norman Prien waits in the observation area after receiving his COVID-19 vaccination on March 5, 2021.
After receiving the vaccine people must wait 15 minutes to make sure there are no adverse affects. Norman Prien waits in the observation area after receiving his COVID-19 vaccination on March 5, 2021. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)
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Jack Alberts, center, waits with others in the observation area for 15 minutes after receiving his vaccination on March 5, 2021.
Jack Alberts, center, waits with others in the observation area for 15 minutes after receiving his vaccination on March 5, 2021. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)


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