By Jeff Vorva
Palos Park Police Commissioner Dan Polk cannot guarantee that citizens will get their COVID-19 vaccination shots anytime soon.
But he said he wants to help residents in the “incredibly difficult” process of signing up to get their shots.
Polk said at Monday night’s village council meeting at the Kaptur Administrative Center that the police program that provides wellness checks to senior citizens in the village will extend to helping those in need sign up for getting their shots in the arm.
“I could talk for the next 12 hours about COVID-19 vaccinations,” he said. “Basically, if you are not electronically connected, it’s incredibly difficult to get an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination. If you are interested in having one of our tech-savvy cadets or police people come by and help you with that, let us know.”
He said to contact him at email@example.com.
“I can’t guarantee you an immunization,” he said. “I can’t guarantee the police department an immunization. But I can try to help you get on a list. I will add that it’s an incredibly frustrating activity. Very few people are successful the first time they try. It takes perseverance. It takes perhaps an adult beverage alongside you while you are typing into your computer but, it is possible.”
He said signup lists are available through the Cook County Health Department, Jewel, Mariano’s and Walgreens. He added some people get on multiple lists.
Don’t mess like Texas
Polk warns of wintertime safety.
He suggests that those who have newer furnaces with vents that are not in chimneys should clear any snow near the vents.
He said that if it’s too cold in the house, do not burn anything inside.
“Under no circumstances do I want you to burn something inside your house,” he said. “Don’t burn a barbeque like they were doing in Texas. Don’t use your oven or your stove. The problem with those things is than when it gets cold and ventilation is an issue in the house, they build up carbon monoxide.”
The council approved allowing Flow-Technics replace a variable speed drive in the west water booster station for $9,945.
It also voted to replace base flanges and guide rails at the 93rd Avenue sanitary lift station. Supplies and work will be done by Metropolitan Industries and Airy’s Inc. to the tune of $14,112.99.
The council approved side yard setback variations for properties at 12223 S. 88th Avenue and 9010 W. Forest Glen Blvd.