Mark Pfister, Executive Director at the Lake County Health Department, speaks during a press conference at a COVID-19 mass vaccination center in Round Lake Beach on Friday.

Over 5,000 appointments are available for the COVID-19 vaccine for this coming week at Lake County’s largest mass vaccination site, which recently opened in Round Lake Beach.

The site is located at the former Kmart Supercenter building at 400 East Rollins Road in Round Lake Beach.

It opened on April 20 and once vaccine supply allows, the facility will be capable of up to 5,000 vaccinations a day.

The Lake County Health Department said that the site will be the largest vaccination site in the county once it reaches its peak.

The indoor vaccinations can be scheduled by appointment or by walking in. It is available to all people who live or work in Lake County and are ages 16 and older.

The vaccine is free of charge to everyone.

According to the site’s schedule, there are over 5,000 appointment slots still open and available for the week of April 27 to May 2.

Those interested can schedule appointments online at cur.tv/lakeco. The site will run Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Mark Pfister, Executive Director at the Lake County Health Department, spoke during a Friday press conference at the site.

“This site is a tremendous asset for those who live and work in Lake County. This is going to be a huge site,” Pfister said.

“We are hopeful that the demand for this vaccine continues. Lake County has high demand and this site will help reduce that demand,” Pfister added.

Baxter Corporation and Curative partnered with the Lake County Health Department to open the facility.

“Baxter is committed to saving and sustaining lives – worldwide and here in Lake County, home to our headquarters and facilities that provide critical manufacturing and research and development,” said Sumant Ramachandra, President of Pharmaceuticals and Senior Vice President, Chief Science and Technology Officer at Baxter.

“We are proud to work with local partners to increase availability of COVID-19 vaccinations in the community, and will continue doing everything we can to support our employees, patients, the healthcare system, and the communities we serve to help end this global pandemic,” Ramachandra said.

People who are registered in Lake County’s COVID-19 vaccination portal AllVax and opted in to share their registration information with vaccination partners may also be contacted by Curative to schedule an appointment at the Round Lake Beach site.

“It’s an honor for Curative to deliver vaccination deployment in the Lake County community. This is a significant moment in history, and we are ready to bring these life-saving vaccines to people who need them,” said Isaac Turner, CIO and co-founder of Curative.