Walgreens’ mobile clinics and select stores will offer vaccinations with no appointment needed. Also Monday, Illinois officials reported 2,049 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases and 28 more deaths, raising the state death toll to 22,047.
Walgreens on Monday launched mobile clinics in Chicago to bring COVID-19 vaccines to underserved communities — no appointments necessary.
And starting Wednesday, some Walgreens locations also will offer walk-in vaccinations, with no need to book online in advance.
Details on where the mobile clinics will be set up, or on which store locations will offer walk-in vaccinations, were not immediately available.
“We understand the important role Walgreens has and will continue to play in removing access barriers to the COVID-19 vaccine,” John Standley, president of Walgreens, said in a statement. “Mobile clinics and the other models we use will allow us to bring vaccines to the heart of the most impacted communities, as well as addressing common barriers like transportation and convenience for those who want to get vaccinated.”
The announcement comes as Illinois health officials reported 2,049 new, confirmed COVID-19 cases with an additional 28 deaths, raising the state’s death toll to 22,047. The new figures raises the state’s case count to 1,341,777.
There were 16,920 COVID-19 vaccines administered Sunday — the lowest daily number recorded since February.
But health officials said the figure is so low because several pharmacies — like Walgreens, CVS and Albertsons — have not yet reported to the state the number of shots provided over the weekend. That number is expected to grow and will be reflected in statistics released later this week.
In total, the state had given 9,410,057 vaccines as of Sunday; the state has 11,802,395 vaccine doses on hand.
The statewide seven-day positivity rate rose to 4%, up from Sunday’s 3.4%.
As of last night, 1,963 people were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19 — 470 of those were in the ICU and 249 patients were on ventilators.