Chicago is currently in the 1b stage of the vaccine rollout. Learn more about the phases here. This includes residents who fall under 1a and 1b which would be the following:
Residents and staff of long-term care facilities
People age 65+
Prioritized essential worker groups (educators, grocery store workers, manufacturers, etc.)
Please note that even though Governor Pritzker has expanded phase 1b to those with underlying conditions, the City of Chicago is unable to do so. The City is making progress every day with vaccinating people in 1a and 1b, but at this time the City is not being supplied enough doses to expand phase 1b to include those with underlying conditions, but with the new release of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, we all hope it'll move quicker. Please also note that the new United Center site is not a City Site and will take those with underlying conditions when appointments open after the senior period as per this Block Club article.
Below is more information on specific opportunities for certain populations to get the vaccine so please read to see if you qualify. Otherwise, the best way (if you're eligible) for the vaccine is to do any of the following:
Contact your primary care provider
Sign up for Zocdoc, a centralized vaccine appointment booking site which is currently booking for appointments at the United Center (Seniors only through Sunday and then open on Monday for others)
Sign up for the Cook County vaccine program - any Cook County resident can use this site to find a vaccine location if eligible
Four pharmacy chains are currently offering COVID-19 vaccine, and each has its own registration link: Walgreens, Mariano's, Walmart, and Jewel Osco.
Essential workers may be able to receive a vaccine through their employer. Employers wishing to become a vaccine provider can click here.
Senior Sign Up for New United Center Vaccine Site
Seniors ONLY can sign up for the United Center Vaccine Site that opened this past Thursday until 4 pm on Sunday.
If you are a senior 65+, you live with one, or you have senior family members, this site offers a great opportunity to get vaccinated.
To register online, visit Zocdoc.com/vaccine.
Zocdoc will show real-time appointment availability and eligible residents will then be able to select a date/time and book an appointment online. Date of birth will be required when booking an appointment to confirm vaccine eligibility.
To register by phone, call (312) 746-4835. To help bridge the digital divide, a multi-lingual call center will be available to help seniors make an appointment. This call center will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Given the anticipated high demand for appointments, residents who can use the web site should book their appointments online.
The site will begin to administer a limited number of vaccines on March 9, with a full opening March 10. The site will have the capacity to administer 6,000 doses per day, with all doses provided directly by the federal government and not taken out of state or city allotments.
Home-Bound Seniors or People with Disabilities in
The City of Chicago is working to integrate mobile home health care vaccination services to reach home-bound individuals who are unable to go to the City’s COVID-19 vaccination sites to get the vaccine.
Please note that City vaccination sites are ADA accessible, and this program is specifically for those who are unable to leave home for medical reasons.
To be eligible for this program you must:
Be a senior OR a person with a disability who requires in-home assistance.
Have to use adaptive equipment (like a ventilator, crutches, a walker, a wheelchair, etc.) and/or accessible transportation to leave home.
Leaving home is not an option for you because doing so requires considerable and taxing effort.
If you fit these criteria, please complete this form so the City can coordinate in-home vaccination with you when the vaccine is available to you. Please forward to anyone you know who may need it.
After submitting this form, you will receive a confirmation email and be contacted to schedule your in-home vaccination. Please be patient as they respond to a large number of requests.
**Veterans Vaccine Opportunities**
Jesse Brown VA (JBVA) leadership has approved to open the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all the veterans! If you're a veteran enrolled at JBVA, the vaccine is open to all ages without any age or other restrictions. They are issuing the Pfizer vaccine as follows:
Walk ins on 3/5 between 9 am -2 pm
Saturday clinics on 3/6 and 3/13 from 8 am through 4 pm
For scheduling appointments: COVID HOTLINE 312-569-5801
If you know of a veteran not enrolled at JBVA who would like to receive the vaccine, they can enroll at the eligibility office or complete an online application.
The vaccine will be offered to all Chicagoans at no cost. Don't forget to sign up for Chi COVID Coach. This app provides you with information about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Chicago, as well as how and where you can get vaccinated when it is your turn. Registration is free and your information will be protected.
Are you looking to volunteer at vaccine sites? Fill out this form.