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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale is pleased to announce that the Civic Center will serve as a COVID-19 mass vaccination site beginning Friday, February 19.
Governor JB Pritzker announced Wednesday morning that two locations in Carbondale would operate as mass vaccination sites – the Banterra Center and the Carbondale Civic Center. The Governor’s office says the Civic Center location could administer up to 540 doses of the vaccine per day.
The Civic Center vaccination site will serve those in 1a and 1b by appointment only. To make an appointment at either Carbondale location, visit the Health Department's website. According to the Governor’s office, residents are encouraged to check back frequently for open appointments.
Please be aware, the City will host the mass vaccination clinic, but the City is not involved with scheduling appointments. If you are unable to use the online portal to schedule your appointment, call the Health Department for assisitance at 618-684-3143.
“It is an honor for the City of Carbondale to assist the State of Illinois, Illinois National Guard, and Jackson County Health Department in expanding COVID-19 vaccinations. The teamwork it took to make this happen was inspiring to see, and we feel privileged to provide our residents with an easily accessible vaccination clinic location,” said Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry.
“Jackson County Health Department greatly appreciates the City of Carbondale partnering with us to expand COVID-19 vaccinations. The support of the City, combined with assistance from the State of Illinois and Illinois National Guard, will escalate the rate of vaccination for those currently eligible In Phase 1b of the State vaccination plan. Working together, we will reduce illness and hospitalizations and, ultimately, save lives,” said Bart Hagston, Administrator for the Jackson County Health Department.
There is no charge to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
For more information, please see the Jackson County Health Department's press release.
If you have questions, contact Public Relations Officer Roni LeForge at 618-457-3262.