The search for vaccines has not been easy for all, but with more doses coming into both states, more people will be able to get their shots.
In less than 24 hours, higher education staff, government workers and media will be eligible for vaccines at more than 900 locations across the state.
"Its persistence and it's above all, patience," said "vaccine hunter" Maria K. "There's a lot of frustration."
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River Forest resident, Maria K, has been spending the past month helping others navigate multiple websites to connect Chicago area residents with COVID vaccines.
"It started with my journey to try to get vaccines for family members of mine that were already qualifying and I started realizing how much people were suffering to get these vaccines," she said.
So far, she's helped more than 160 people, some without computer access, get vaccine appointments.
However, Monday, the pool of people she continues to help will get wider as the state opens up eligibility to more residents.
"By the nature of their very jobs are at higher risk of exposure and thereby higher risk of contracting COVID-19," said Dr. Kiran Joshi, senior medical officer at Cook County Department of Public Health. "So it only makes sense to start to get more and more groups of them vaccinated as soon as possible."
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This comes as Indiana also prepares to expand vaccine eligibility in the Hoosier State to residents between the ages 40 to 44.
The City of Gary is also looking to expand vaccination programs to those most vulnerable.
"Now that we have Johnson and Johnson we have some programs we're going to Gary Housing Authority Buildings," said Roland Walker, health commissioner for the City of Gary. "We're also targeting our homeless population and I think that's really going to see our percentages go up."
This weekend, Gary health officials hosted a mass vaccination event where more than 2000 people were vaccinated, including the city's mayor.
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The challenge ahead will still be the demand versus the supply, but so far, health officials said the road ahead is still pointed to recovery.
"I just feel like the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter here. We're at a point where more than 20% of individuals who are residents of suburban Cook County had at least one dose of vaccine," Dr. Joshi said. As a public health physician, that brings joy to my heart and I just - I would want to see that number increase."
Suburban Cook County also moves into phase 1B+ Monday, meaning people 16 years and older with underlying health conditions can sign up for vaccine appointments.
For the latest COVID-19 vaccination information in suburban Cook County, cookcountypublichealth.org. To register to receive an appointment, visit vaccine.cookcountyil.gov.
The communities include Bellwood, Berkeley, Berwyn, Blue Island, Bridgeview, Burnham, Calumet City, Calumet Park, Chicago Heights, Chicago Ridge, Cicero, Dixmoor, Dolton, Franklin Park, Harvey, Harwood Heights, Hodgkins, Justice, McCook, Markham, Maywood, Melrose Park, Merrionette Park, Norridge, Northlake, Posen, Riverdale, Robbins, South Chicago Heights, South Holland, Stone Park and Summit.
In DuPage and Kane counties, new mass vaccination sites are being launched. Site surveys are currently underway in multiple jurisdictions to identify locations suitable for vaccination clinics that will open to the public in the coming weeks.