CITY OF WEST CHICAGO, DUPAGE AIRPORT PARTNER TO PROVIDE MORE THAN 2,000 COVID-19 VACCINATIONS
Transient Hangar converted into vaccination site
DuPage Airport’s transient hangar was converted into a vaccination site for more than 2,000 doses of vaccine on Wednesday, March 3.
WEST CHICAGO, Ill. (March 5, 2021) – The DuPage Airport Authority converted its transient hangar into a COVID-19 vaccination site Wednesday, working in partnership with the City of West Chicago to distribute more than 2,000 doses of the vaccine.
The City partnered with food and drug retailer Albertsons to obtain the doses of the vaccine, then coordinated with the DAA to prepare the facility for Wednesday’s vaccine event.
“This is part of our mission and part of the reason we’re here,” said Stephen Davis, DAA Chairman of the Board. “When we learned Friday that these doses would be available, we worked through the weekend and right up to Wednesday to make sure we’d be ready. We’re proud to support the City of West Chicago and the community and to play our part in the collective recovery effort.”
The DAA team cleared out and relocated several aircraft from the 32,000 square foot hangar to allow for the setup of 10 vaccination stations. A steady stream of recipients flowed in and out of the hangar from 8 am through 5 pm Wednesday for their first dose of the vaccine.
Everyone who received a first dose of the vaccine Wednesday will return to DuPage Airport in three weeks for their second dose.
“This opportunity came together so quickly and is a testament to the benefit of having great partners,” Pineda said. “We’re so grateful to Albertsons, our community partners and the DuPage Airport Authority for making this possible, and helping our community recover from the pandemic.”
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