CHICAGO — In addition to opening a super site for vaccinations at the United Center, city officials are setting up 11 neighborhood events where older people can get shots throughout March.
The Chicago Department of Public Health is working with Jewel-Osco and the Chicago Park District to vaccinate to people 65 and older in South and West side communities.
All vaccinations are free.
Here are the sites:
- March 5: Taylor Park, 39 W. 47th St. Open to residents of Fuller Park, Grand Boulevard and Bronzeville.
- March 6: Hale Park, 6258 W. 62nd St. Open to residents of Garfield Ridge and West Eldson.
- March 7: Garfield Park Gold Dome, 100 N. Central Park Ave. Open to residents of East and West Garfield Park.
- March 8: South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive. Open to residents of South Shore.
- March 9: West Pullman Park, 401 W. 123rd St. Open to residents of West Pullman.
- March 10: Jesse Owens Park, 8800 S. Clyde Ave. Open to residents of Burnside and Calumet Heights.
- March 12: Kosciuszko Park, 2732 N. Avers Ave. Open to residents of Hermosa.
- March 13: West Lawn Park, 4233 W. 65th St. Open to residents of West Lawn.
- March 14: Harrison Park, 1824 S. Wood St. Open to residents of Pilsen.
- March 14: Foster Park, 1440 W 84th St. Open to residents of Auburn Gresham.
- Another site is planned for Brighton Park, with details to be announced soon.
Appointments are required at each site. If you are 65 or older or have an eligible relative, you can make an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 312-746-4835.
Eligible people will be sent a registration link or receive a call from the city’s Contract Tracing Corp, who will help register people over the phone. People who are able to set their own appointment should request to be sent the link directly, according to the city.
Illinois and Chicago are vaccinating people 65 and older and frontline workers as part of Phase 1B of the vaccination campaign. The city has been ramping up efforts to inoculate older residents in recent weeks, since they are especially vulnerable severe illness and death from COVID-19.
About one in three Chicagoans 65 or older have received their first shot of a vaccine, according to city officials.
“We know that vaccinating older residents has the biggest impact on preventing COVID-19 deaths,” Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Department of Public Health, said in a statement. More than 80 percent of the total COVID-19 deaths in Chicago have been residents age 60 and up. We are launching new vaccination options to ensure the vaccine is accessible to all our seniors.”
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