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Cook County closes South Suburban College vaccination site; COVID-19 testing continues (free content)

Cook County Health (CCH) has closed its mass vaccination site at South Suburban College. COVID-19 testing will continue  at SSC four days a week.

The center was staff by members of the Illinois National Guard. SSC’s site, 15800 State St. in South Holland, was delivering 1,200 vaccinations per day during its peak, and has provided more than 71,000 vaccinations in total. 

“Our success here is a demonstration of how the South Suburbs works together to accomplish our goals and lift each other up,” said Frank Zucarrelli, chairman of the South Suburban College board.

Individuals who will need their second vaccination shots have been scheduled for the Matteson location at 4647 Promenade Way, or another site closer to their residence. 

An updated list of sites is at myshotcookcounty.com.

South Suburban College’s drive-thru testing site is available four days a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

A second COVID-19 testing site recently opened at the College’s Oak Forest Center, 16333 Kilbourn Ave., to provide free rapid testing through the SHIELD Illinois program. The OFC-SHIELD testing site is operating Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. If demand increases, dates and times will be expanded. To schedule an appointment, a SHIELD account must be created through Portal.shieldillinois.com using agency code: df5brbrj. 

SSC will be providing the SHIELD test at no cost, compared to $100 or more for a standard nasal swab test. Current notification time for the saliva test is less than 24 hours.

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