I am happy to report that it was announced yesterday that a state-run mass vaccination clinic will open in Waukegan on April 1 at the same location where the mass testing site is held-102 West Water Street. In addition, Abbvie and North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) developed a site at the Greenbelt Forest Preserves, and is now vaccinating any senior living in Lake County. Baxter has also announced that it will be soon be opening a mass vaccination site in Round Lake Beach (appointment information below).
I am incredibly grateful for all of our outstanding partners in Lake County who have stepped forward to help with this vaccination effort. Abbvie employees were going door to door in senior housing developments to help people make appointments, and NCCP is coordinating the operation at Greenbelt. Schools, non-profits, townships, and other entities are quietly and efficiently vaccinating thousands of Lake County residents. When speaking with other county chairs, I learned that this type of partnership is not happening elsewhere, and I thank all of the people who worked together to get this done.
Unfortunately the supply of vaccine remains low for Lake County (click here to see allocations-scroll down), but in conversations with IDPH and the Governor's Office I have been assured that our allocations will increase exponentially. I am so proud of the Lake County Health Department (LCHD) and how hard they've been working to get as many people vaccinated as possible.
As a result of the federal American Rescue Plan Act, Lake County is estimated to receive $130 million in two installments over the year. This money will be used to keep providers of vital services on the job and assist businesses, non-profits, and residents recover from the pandemic. The Finance & Administrative Committee is responsible for determining the allocations of how the money will be spent. As always, the public is welcome and encouraged to attend (virtually or in person) any of our committee meetings (links below). For more information on what Lake County has been doing to get us through this pandemic, please visit Lake County Forward.
In closing, I just want to say how appreciative I am for the thousands of residents who have been volunteering their time and donating money to help our county get through this terrible time. So many people have experienced incredible losses-lives, jobs, relationships, housing, businesses...the list is endless and staggering. While I feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel, many lives have been changed forever and my heart goes out to all who have been impacted.
As always, thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter. It is a privilege and an honor to represent you as Chair of the Lake County Board and on the Forest Preserve Board. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.