HUMBOLDT PARK — All Humboldt Park adults are eligible to get vaccinated at a local clinic starting next week — but the first batch of appointments have already been booked.
Mile Square Health Center at 3240 W. Division St., a clinic run by UIC College of Nursing, is offering appointments starting April 1 under the city’s Protect Chicago Plus program, part of an effort to immunize people in 15 neighborhoods hit hardest by the pandemic. Appointments will be offered until April 20. First and second doses will be offered through the site.
The city gave the clinic enough doses to vaccinate about 935 people a week through May 11, said Charles Yingling, associate dean for practice and community partnerships at UIC College of Nursing. City officials didn’t respond to a request for comment Friday.
The first batch of appointments have already been taken, but the second batch will open either Wednesday or Thursday of next week, Yingling said.
Anyone who is 18 or older and lives within Humboldt Park’s boundaries is eligible to get vaccinated at the clinic. Residents can make an appointment by filling out an online form. Since the first group of appointments is already booked, neighbors should wait until more slots open up before filling out the form.
Vaccinations are free and are available regardless of a person’s insurance or residency status.
To ensure people who book appointments actually live in the neighborhood, the clinic is asking residents to bring something like a utility bill or bank statement with their current address. But Yingling said clinicians will work with residents who don’t have documentation.
“We’re going to do our best to make sure these vaccines stay in this community, but we don’t want to introduce unnecessary barriers to people who need this vaccine,” he said.
Those who qualify but do not have internet access or are struggling to make appointments for other reasons are encouraged to seek assistance from one of the clinic’s many community partners, such as Casa Central, La Casa Norte and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. Please note: These organizations can help people find appointments at UI Health but they are not offering any vaccines themselves.
“Please don’t let documentation status or homelessness be a barrier to taking advantage of this opportunity,” Yingling said.
More information, including other community organizations the clinic is working with to help people make appointments, can be found here.
Coronavirus has had a disproportionate impact on Chicago’s Latino community, with 87,433 confirmed cases and 1,701 deaths, according to city figures.
The city’s Protect Chicago Plus program prioritizes sending resources — including vaccine doses — to communities most vulnerable to COVID-19, including Humboldt Park, which has a large Latino population.
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