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Mass vaccination site to close at Gateway Convention Center

Madison County Health Department will end its mass vaccination site at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville.

Since mid-January, the site served as the main point of distribution for the COVID-19 vaccine. The Illinois National Guard arrived in February to provide support and assistance to the mass vaccination site as well as mobile sites in communities and schools that began in March.

The mass vaccination site will conclude on Saturday, July 3 which means that there will no longer be daily COVID-19 vaccine clinics available at that location.

“We are grateful to the City of Collinsville for graciously making this space available to us for six months and being partners in this pandemic response,” said Toni Corona, director of public health at the Madison County Health Department (shown left with County Chairman Kurt Prenzler). “Having a Mass Vaccination Site has served its purpose by providing a consistent location in which we had the capacity to vaccinate up to 3,000 people per day. But with the vaccine more readily available throughout the county now, the need for a mass vaccination site is coming to a close.”

This location has been ideal because of its large ballrooms and parking lot and access to interstates and an MCT bus route.

Dates remaining to get the vaccine at the Gateway Convention Center include: June 20 to 25, 27 to 29 and July 1 to 3.  All dates at Gateway Convention Center are open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and offer the Pfizer 2 dose vaccine for anyone who is 12 or older.  Minors 12 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

Madison County Health Department continues to offer vaccine clinics at various locations throughout the county through June.  In July, Madison County Health Department will continue to offer COVID-19 vaccine clinics at various community and school locations.

Stay tuned to the website www.madisonchd.org, COVID-19 Response Hub https://coronavirus-vaccine-outreach-madcoil.hub.arcgis.com/pages/covid-19-vaccine-appointment-scheduler, and the MCHD social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for vaccine clinic dates, times, and locations and to schedule an appointment.

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