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Vaccination clinic for Waukegan and North Chicago seniors opens; mobile testing unit coming to Lake County

North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham receives his first COVID-19 vaccination at the Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago Monday morning. | Provided Photo.

A temporary COVID-19 vaccination clinic for senior citizens who live in North Chicago and Waukegan opened Monday morning and the state’s mobile testing unit is coming back to Lake County this week.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Monday morning at the Greenbelt Cultural Center, located at 1215 Green Bay Road in North Chicago.

The center will be a temporary clinic for senior residents of Waukegan and North Chicago age 65 and older. The clinic is sponsored by AbbVie, whose headquarters is in North Chicago.

North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham attended the opening event and received his first vaccination at the clinic.

Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham also attended along with North Chicago Community Partners Executive Director Jennifer Grumhaus, AbbVie Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Global Philanthropy Claudia Carravetta, and Lake County Forest Preserves President Angelo Kyle.

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Lake County Health Department Executive Director Mark Pfister speaks at an opening ceremony at the Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago Monday morning. | Provided Photo.

The clinic will be open for two months, according to North Chicago Community Information Coordinator Jim Moran. The vaccines will be provided at no cost.

Cunningham spoke at the event and encouraged everyone who is eligible for the vaccine to get the shot as soon as possible.

Those who are interested in scheduling an appointment can call 847-582-1362 or email their name, phone number and birthday to Vaccine@NorthChicagoCommunityPartners.org.

The Lake County Health Department announced Monday afternoon that the state’s mobile COVID-19 testing unit will be in Waukegan and Highland Park this week and then in McHenry.

It will first go to the Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep parking lot, located at 3106 Belvidere Road in Waukegan, from 1-7 p.m. on Thursday.

On Friday, it will be at the Highland Park Country Club, located at Route 41 and Park Avenue in Highland Park, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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On Sunday, it will be at the McHenry Municipal Center parking lot, located at 333 South Green Street in McHenry, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Testing is free and open to all regardless of symptoms.