When the new year came, vaccines had just become approved with Emergency Use Authorization for adults, and production and delivery systems were working to catch up to demand. Commissioner Britton devoted his time to ensuring District 14 residents had convenient opportunities to get vaccinated when they became eligible - booking hundreds of vaccine appointments in what was at first a confusing system during a time of fear and uncertainty.
In January, Commissioner Britton partnered with State Senator Laura Fine and State Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz to bring a free COVID-19 testing site at Flick Park.
Commissioner Britton worked very closely with the Cook County Department of Public Health to bring mass vaccination clinics to District 14 residents. The Cook County Health Arlington Height Health Center was quickly reconfigured to efficiently provide vaccines to the community via appointments. Commissioner Britton worked in collaboration with MABAS to stand up a clinic at New Trier High School that went on to vaccinate first responders, then community members.
Commissioner Britton partnered with CCDPH, the Illinois Public Health Department, Jewel Osco to bring nearly 50 local “Pop-Up” clinics to businesses, municipalities, and community organizations. Clinic locations included Divine Word Residence in Northbrook, Village of Prospect Heights, St. Catherine Laboure in Glenview, and Partners for our Communities in Palatine.
Commissioner Britton also hosted two virtual townhalls this year to share the latest on vaccine distribution and quash disinformation. A new section on the Commissioner’s website provided up-to-date information on mitigation orders, vaccine disbursement, and community resources. The Commissioner also distributed a new weekly pandemic-focused newsletter focused on pandemic health, capacity and travel rules, resident resources, and recovery support services.
As new variants continue to evolve, Commissioner Britton continues to work with the County to host local vaccine clinics, distribute, masks, and encourage all safety protocols.
Thanks to you, the 14th District has some of the highest vaccination rates in all of Cook County - keeping our neighbors and loved ones safe and healthy.
If you are in need of assistance connecting with a vaccine, please do not hesitate to reach out to Commissioner Britton’s Office.