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West Ridge Getting Another Coronavirus Vaccination Site, Alderman Says

Appointments are available as early as Wednesday, and 150 appointments will be set aside for 50th Ward residents.

Bertha Arina receives her COVID-19 vaccine from Ilse Vega, a nurse practitioner from Esperanza, in Chicago's Gage Park neighborhood in February.
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WEST RIDGE — A vaccination site is opening in West Ridge, officials announced Tuesday.

Prism Health Lab is opening a vaccine site at 6301 N. Western Ave., Ald. Debra Silverstein said in an email to constituents. Appointments are available as early as Wednesday, and 150 appointments will be earmarked for 50th ward residents.

Prism did not say how many appointments were initially available. Appointments will be available on a rolling basis depending on its vaccine supply, spokesperson Spencer Howland said. 

To register for an appointment, click here or call 1-800-325-1812.

Illinois and Chicago are vaccinating people 65 and older and frontline workers as part of Phase 1B of the vaccination campaign. Chicago has not added people with underlying conditions or disabilities to its current round of vaccinations.

Chicago-based Prism in February was awarded a $15 million contract from the city to open vaccine sites around Chicago. Prism also runs a drive-through COVID-19 testing site at Peterson and Western avenues in West Ridge.

The vaccine site will be run out of a West Ridge building that has sat vacant for more than a decade and is owned by car dealership magnate Joe Perillo.

The Prism site is the second vaccine site to open in West Ridge.

In early February, emergency medical services provider Hatzalah Chicago partnered with Agudath Israel of Illinois and Refuah 311 to form the Community Vaccine Alliance.

The alliance partnered with the Chicago Department of Public Health to distribute an initial 3,000 shots at Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov elementary school, 3200 W. Peterson Ave., Silverstein said.

To register for a vaccine at that site, fill out the survey here. A voucher code for available appointments will be emailed to eligible registrants, officials said.

The vaccination sites are a big boost in West Ridge’s effort to battle the coronavirus, Silverstein said in a statement. In the early days of the pandemic, West Ridge had the biggest coronavirus outbreak in the state.

“Our neighborhood was initially hit hard by the pandemic, and it is only right that we have local options for ending it,” Silverstein said.

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