Now that COVID-19 vaccine eligibility has opened even further in Illinois, the 'get vaccinated' plan is really in high gear.

I have an appointment this Wednesday to get my first dose of the vaccine through SwedishAmerican, and I just registered to get it this past weekend on the Winnebago County Health Department's website. I went to a medical appointment yesterday for a totally un-COVID related issue, and the doctor asked me if I had my vaccine yet. My point in bringing all this up is; if you haven't made a decision yet when it comes to getting, or not getting, the COVID-19 vaccine and you have a doctor's appointment coming up, be prepared to answer that very important question.

More COVID-19 vaccines are available right now in Illinois, so to make sure all interested Illinois residents get the shot as quickly as possible, the State is sending several rapid vaccination teams all over the Rockford area. Many of these vaccination sites will be open for one day only, so do what you need to do now to insure you get an appointment:

  • Winnebago County: 1321 Sandy Hollow Road or New Zion Baptist Church at 4747 W Riverside Blvd. in Rockford. (Open daily by appointment only, get registered here).
  • Carroll County: Wednesday, March 31 - Get registered here.
  • Ogle County: Thursday, April 1 - Get registered here.
  • Boone County: Friday, April 2 - Get registered here.
  • Lee County: Saturday, April 3 - Get registered here.
  • Whiteside County - Monday, April 5 - Get registered here.

COVID-19 vaccinations are also available through most healthcare providers, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, even Meijer is now administering them. Just sign up for every appointment available, and go with the first one that comes up.

LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.