Cook County officials say suburban residents will have more vaccine information by week's end

Coronavirus vaccine

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Cook County Public Health officials say that by the end of this week, residents of suburban Cook County may be getting more useful information about making appointments for a COVID vaccine.

Group 1B is on-deck, and that means about 370,000 people 65 and over in suburban Cook County, plus about 200,000 essential workers are next in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Right now, there’s a survey on the Cook County Public Health website: a step toward gauging interest in the vaccine.

And Dr. Rachel Rubin, senior public health medical officer at the county health department, said the website should be more “robust” by week’s end - giving suburban Cook residents 65 and older and essential workers a more tangible answer to the question: How soon can I make an appointment to get the vaccine?

“If you fill out the form, especially if you wait until the end of the week when we have a better system up, if you sign up - or if you sign up for your 85-year-old father or great aunt, that’s great. You can sign up for them. And then they will be getting information about when they would be eligible to make an appointment," she said.

Dr. Rubin said it might be a few days to get an appointment - or it might be a few weeks. She said it depends on vaccine supply and the availability of vaccine sites.

Dr. Rubin said Cook County Health will have three mega vaccination sites with help from the National Guard ramping them up one at a time beginning next week.