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Wednesday’s vaccine clinic at New Trier still has appointments; county data shows less demand as supply grows

What a difference a week makes.

After vaccine clinics on April 16 and 22 at New Trier High School booked in minutes, appointments for this week’s clinic — set for Wednesday, April 28 — still remain open more than 24 hours after the announcement.

The clinic is open to any Illinois resident age 16 or older, and you can register now for an appointment between 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The second dose will be scheduled for Wednesday, May 19.

The clinics at New Trier High School are provided by Cook County with the help of surrounding municipalities, such as the Villages of Wilmette, Winnetka, Kenilworth, Glencoe, Northfield and more.

According to the Cook County Department of Public Health, close to 1 million (967,006) suburban county residents, or 42.5 percent, have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The number is closer to 50 percent in the northern region of the county, which includes New Trier Township, the data shows.

According to the county’s data, the most-vaccinated population are those above the age of 60, at nearly 90 percent, while adults in their 20s are the lowest-vaccinated at 34.3 percent.

Graph courtesy of Cook County Department of Public Health.

On April 8, more than 30,000 suburban Cook residents received a vaccine dose. It was the highest mark since the vaccine was unveiled in December. That number has fallen steadily fallen since, and just 10,000 residents received a dose on April 26, the most recent data point.

The pandemic’s spread continues to fall in the county and township. After a brief surge in positivity, when it reached 5 percent in early April, the number has fallen to 2.7 percent in New Trier Township.

Region 10 — all of suburban Cook County, which flirted with regressing on the state’s reopening time line — is now under the 20-percent threshold for hospital-bed availability, and after 24 days of increased COVID-19-related hospitalizations, the region has seen seven days of decreases as of April 26.

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