vaccine 2 012621CHICAGO – As Phase 1B of the state’s vaccination plan goes into effect, State Senator Bill Cunningham is encouraging eligible local residents to sign up for COVID-19 vaccination.

“To help get our lives and our economy back to normal, everyone who can needs to get vaccinated,” said Cunningham, a Democrat who represents portions of Chicago and the southwest suburbs. “That’s the key step we need to take to be able to spend time with our loved ones, shop, eat in crowded restaurants, and attend movies and live sports again.”

Phase 1B of the state’s vaccination plan expands vaccination eligibility to everyone over age 65 and front-line essential workers. As supplies of the vaccine are still limited, not everyone will be able to get vaccinated immediately, but Cook County has established a waitlist. Anyone who falls into Phase 1A – health care workers and residents in long-term care facilities – also remain eligible.

“I urge everyone to be patient,” Cunningham said. “It’s going to take months for everyone to get vaccinated, but more appointments will become available as the federal government sends Illinois more vaccines.”

Eligible Cook County residents can visit to sign up for the vaccination program. There are vaccination sites located near the district Cunningham represents in Robbins, Blue Island, Tinley Park and Oak Forest. Additional sites at pharmacies and other locations are being added daily.