CHICAGO — The city is opening mass vaccination sites next to Wrigley Field and at Chicago State University on Monday.
The sites will be able to vaccinate more than 5,000 people per day, according to a news release from the Mayor’s Office.
The site at the American Airlines Conference Center at Gallagher Way, 1101 W. Waveland Ave., will be operated by Advocate Aurora Health, with workers there able to administer about 2,000 doses per day, according to the Mayor’s Office. Appointments will be required. The city did not immediately say what hours and days it will be open.
The second site will be at Chicago State University, 9501 S. King Drive. It will be overseen by the city’s health department, though vaccinations will be administered by Howard Brown Health and the site will be operated by CORE, according to the Mayor’s Office.
The Chicago State site will require appointments. It will be open noon-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.
People will be able to register for vaccinations at the sites online at ZocDoc. Appointments will be posted later this week, with more slots added daily, according to the Mayor’s Office.
Information about how people can book appointments over the phone will be announced before the sites open, according to the Mayor’s Office.
All Chicagoans who are part of phases 1A, 1B or 1C of the city’s vaccination plan are eligible at the sites. People who live outside the city will not be allowed to get vaccinated at the site. People will need to bring a proof of residency, like their driver’s license or a bill.
The vaccinations will be free. Insurance is not required.
Ald. Tom Tunney (44th), whose ward includes the Wrigley field site, was not available for comment, but a spokesperson for the office said “we’re thrilled to have two great neighborhood partners — the Cubs and Advocate Illinois Masonic — working together to bring this clinic to fruition.”
Ald. Michele Smith (43rd) whose ward neighbors Wrigley Field and has seen an uptick in coronavirus cases, specifically among young adults, said the new mass vaccination site “couldn’t come soon enough.”
She said the mass vaccination sites near Wrigley Field and Chicago State University will help target young adults who are driving the latest surge in COVID cases.
Lincoln Park’s 60614 zip code logged 124 new coronavirus cases last week, up 63 percent from the week before, according to city health data. And about 3.6 percent of people tested in the community last week were positive, up from 2.3 percent the week before.
Both Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Dr. Alison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, have said that young adults are driving the latest local surge.
“A week from now, an awful lot of people of the demographic that’s in trouble will be able to get vaccines, and that’s important,” Smith said.
Smith also called on the city to create mass vaccination sites within her ward to curb the neighborhood’s rise in cases.
“I want to advocate for locations in our ward, and I’m still pushing for a specific kind of event aimed at the hospitality industry within our ward,” Smith said.
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