A mass COVID-19 vaccination site overseen by the Lake County Health Department is coming to Deerfield and will begin operating this month or in early April, officials announced.
The Deerfield Park Board unanimously approved a facility use agreement with Primary & Immediate Care Solutions on March 10.
The agreement will bring a regional COVID-19 vaccination site to the Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm Street in Deerfield.
The approval comes after weeks of discussion between the Lake County Health Department, Village of Deerfield, the Deerfield Park District and Primary & Immediate Care Solutions.
The Lake County Health Department finds Primary & Immediate Care Solutions qualified to be a mass vaccination provider and they will receive weekly vaccination distributions from the county.
Officials said there is no hard start date but vaccinations are expected to begin in late March or early April. Appointments will be arranged through the Lake County AllVax Portal.
“In the spirit of intergovernmental cooperation, we are very proud to announce that the Board has approved a facility use agreement to provide a mass Covid-19 vaccination site at the Patty Turner Center,” the Deerfield Park District Board said.
“This was only possible through the tireless efforts of Deerfield Park District and the Village of Deerfield staff. We also recognize and thank Mayor Rosenthal and all of our counterparts at the Village for their role and cooperation in providing this tremendous opportunity for our Deerfield community and all of Lake County,” the Park District Board said.
Mayor Rosenthal thanked the Park District Board and all those involved in bringing a mass vaccination site to the Village.
“I am thrilled that we are able to increase vaccine availability right in our own backyard. This will benefit our residents and all of southeast Lake County,” Rosenthal said. “Vaccinated or not, please continue to follow CDC guidance for the health and safety of our community.”
Lake County Health Department Executive Director Mark Pfister said public-private partnerships like this will be key in the vaccination rollout.
“As our vaccine allocation grows, we will need regional partners to help get shots into arms.,” Pfister said.
Primary & Immediate Care Solutions provides COVID-19 tests at numerous locations throughout the region, including O’Hare and Midway airports.
“We are proud of this partnership and look forward to serving the community,” said Dr. Jeffrey Weinzweig, M.D., owner of Primary & Immediate Care Solutions, which goes by the name Doctors Test Centers.
Details regarding who will be eligible for vaccinations at the site and other relevant information will be released as logistics are sorted out, the village said.