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Health department shifts McHenry COVID-19 mass vaccination site to private company as demand slows

Officials converted the inside of an old Kmart store into a mass vaccination center in McHenry in February. | Provided Photo.

The McHenry County Department of Health said they are partnering with a private healthcare service to oversee operations at the McHenry COVID-19 mass vaccination site as demand slows.

The McHenry vaccination site, located at the former Kmart store at 1900 North Richmond Road in McHenry, will operate from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

MCDH said they partnered with Curative, a COVID-19 healthcare service, to oversee the operations of the site beginning Tuesday.

“We’re excited to be partnering with Curative to support mass vaccination efforts in McHenry County. We’ve had huge successes in getting our residents vaccinated, and this opportunity helps us streamline the day-to-day operations of the McHenry clinic now that demand for the vaccine has slowed,” said MCDH Public Health Administrator Melissa Adamson.

Vaccinations are free and those with medical insurance will be asked to provide information when scheduling an appointment. Persons without insurance will not be denied their vaccination.

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Walk-in vaccinations at the McHenry vaccination site will continue to be an option, but appointments are preferred, MCDH said. There are no residency requirements to get a vaccination and photo identification is required.

Appointments at the McHenry site will no longer appear on the state’s registration system. Appointments for the McHenry site can now be found here.

Appointments for clinics managed by MCDH staff, which include ones in Crystal Lake and Woodstock, will remain available through the State of Illinois COVID-19 vaccine registration system here.

Additional pop-up vaccination clinics are held in McHenry County through community-based organizations and pharmacies, MCDH said.

Those looking for additional information can call the health department’s COVID-19 Call Center at 815-334-4045 or visit their website.