The American Eagle. | Photo via Six Flags Great America.

The McHenry County Department of Health announced they are now offering free Six Flags tickets to those who get a COVID-19 vaccine at participating locations in McHenry County.

“In an effort to help get McHenry County vaccinated, Six Flags has given the McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) tickets to its parks in Gurnee and Rockford that are available at COVID-19 vaccination sites and events in the county,” MCDH said in a statement Tuesday.

Tickets will be offered to anyone getting a COVID-19 vaccination as long as they have not received one for a previous dose.

The tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone at least 12 years old is eligible to receive a ticket.

The ticket will be provided after receiving a first or second-dose shot. Those receiving their second dose will need to bring their vaccination card.

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Participating locations throughout McHenry County include the following health department partner sites:

  • McHenry County Department of Health – 2200 N. Seminary Ave. Annex A in Woodstock. Walk-in appointments available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays or book an appointment online here.
  • McHenry County Department of Health – 100 N. Virginia Street in Crystal Lake. Walk-in appointments available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays or book an appointment online here.
  • Community Health Partnership of Illinois Harvard – 62 N. Ayer Street in Harvard. Call (815) 943-4339 for appointments, which are available Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Greater Family Health – 3901 Mercy Drive in McHenry. Call (844) 599-3700 for appointments.
  • Harvard District 50 and Family Health Partnership – Crosby Elementary, 401 Hereley Drive in Harvard. Call (815) 943-4022 for more information on the one-day clinic taking place on July 6.
  • Illinois Migrant Council – Harvard – Location to be determined. Call (815) 995-0300 to register for the one-day clinic taking place on July 17.
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On May 13, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced that 50,000 free tickets to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee would be given out as an incentive for residents to get the vaccine.

Six Flags Great America donated the 50,000 free tickets, valued at $4 million, to the state to distribute, Pritzker said.

“Throughout the pandemic, Six Flags has been All In for Illinois, putting the health of workers and visitors first,” Pritzker said.

“I know it’s been a difficult year – but that just makes it all the more exciting to be back at the park. Thanks to the life-saving power of vaccinations, it feels once again like summer’s in the air,” he added.

Six Flags Great America Park President Hank Salemi said the company is proud to support Illinois’ vaccination efforts, especially in underrepresented communities.

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“We’re getting back to the thrills and want to do our part to encourage residents to get vaccinated,” Salemi said.