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West Siders Can Still Get Vaccinated While Loretto Has Doses Cut Off Amid Scandals. Here’s How

The city has cut off doses to Loretto Hospital amid its vaccine scandals — but those doses are still going to other providers on the West Side.

Jada Johnson receives her COVID-19 vaccine from Armando Ambriz, medical assistant, in Chicago's Gage Park neighborhood on Feb. 19, 2021.
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CHICAGO — West Siders eager to get vaccinated against coronavirus can still access shots at a variety of clinics and events.

The city has cut off doses to Loretto Hospital as officials investigate vaccine scandals there, with Mayor Lori Lightfoot saying the hospital “misappropriated vaccines” meant for people on the West Side.

The hospital repeatedly vaccinated ineligible people outside its Austin service area, including people at the CEO’s suburban church, at a Gold Coast jewelry shop and workers at a Gold Coast steakhouse. At the same time, locals have been desperate to get shots.

But the doses taken from Loretto haven’t been pulled out of the West Side, leaders have said. Locals can still get shots at the city’s Protect Chicago Plus site or through other providers who have stepped up to fill the gap during Loretto’s investigation.

“With vaccine supply as precious as it is right now, we know that restricting vaccine access is a major punishment for any facility that is not doing what they are required to do,” Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said last week. “It was a hard decision, initially, to say we’re gonna pull the provider on the West Side that is an anchor provider … .

“We are bringing in another health care provider to make sure that those Protect Chicago Plus initiatives continue, are uninterrupted, are serving only Austin residents. We are also working with some of the other providers who serve that area.”

Here’s how West Siders can still get shots:

Vaccination Providers

Amundsen Park Protect Chicago Plus site

Rush Hospital has replaced Loretto as the vaccine provider at the Amundsen Park Protect Chicago Plus site, 6200 W. Bloomingdale Ave., officials said. The site is now only administering people’s second shots. Anyone who had an appointment for a second dose at the site can continue with that appointment as normal.

The site is for adult Austin residents. Appointments are required. Residents with questions about their second-dose appointment can call 312-563-0767.

No ID is necessary, but people are encouraged to bring proof they are residents of Austin, such as a utility bill.

Lawndale Christian Health Center

Lawndale Christian Health Center is vaccinating eligible people who live in the 60623, 60624, 60612, 60608 and 60632 ZIP codes.

Appointments are required. Call 872-588-3000 to book a vaccination. The vaccinations will be done at 3745 W. Ogden Ave. or 3517 W. Arthington St.

The center is also allowing people to sign up to be on a list to get a shot if there are extra doses at the end of the day. More information is available online.

Catalyst Circle Rocker Charter School Protect Chicago Plus site

Rush is vaccinating Austin residents at a Protect Chicago Plus site at Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School, 116 N. Central Ave.

The provider is only administering people’s second doses at the site at this time. People who got their first shot at the site can look online to see when they should return for their second dose.

For help, call 312-563-0767. More information is available online.

Rush University Medical Center

Rush is also vaccinating eligible people at its main location, 1620 W. Harrison St.

Appointments are required. You can make appointments through MyChart if you are an existing patient of Rush. People new to Rush can make appointments online.

PCC Community Wellness Center

Eligible people can get vaccinated at PCC Community Wellness Center locations around the West Side. Appointments are required.

Call 773-295-3347 to set up an appointment. More information is available online.

Oak Street Health

Oak Street Health, which has a location at 3433 W. Madison St., is vaccinating eligible people. Appointments are required.

For information on how to book an appointment, sign up online.

St. Anthony Hospital

St. Anthony Hospital, 2875 W. 19th St., is vaccinating eligible people who live in the 60608, 60609, 60612, 60616, 60623, 60624, 60629, 60632, 60644 or 60804 ZIP codes. Appointments are required.

Sign up for an appointment online.

United Center

Any adults who live in select ZIP codes — including ones on the West Side — can sign up to get vaccinated at the United Center. Appointments are required.

Call 312-746-4835 to make an appointment or sign up online and use the voucher code, “CCVIVAXCHI21.”

You must live in one of these ZIP codes for the code to work:

  • 60608
  • 60609
  • 60619
  • 60620
  • 60621
  • 60623
  • 60624
  • 60628
  • 60629
  • 60632
  • 60636
  • 60639
  • 60644
  • 60649
  • 60652
  • 60653

Loretto Hospital

Loretto is not receiving first doses of the vaccine for the time being, meaning people can’t make appointments to get their first shot there. But the hospital is still giving people their second shot so they can complete their vaccination.

Those appointments will continue as normal, officials said.

Zocdoc

People can sign up online for open appointments through Zocdoc. The tool will check if you are eligible to be vaccinated. If you are, it will show nearby vaccination locations and open appointments. People can then make an appointment.

You can use the Zocdoc tool by clicking here.

Other Providers

Select pharmacies are offering COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible people, though appointment slots fill up quick. Here’s where you can try to make an appointment online:

Cook County Mass Vaccination Sites

Cook County does have vaccination sites that are accepting appointments so long as you are eligible under Phase 1B+ and you live and/or work in Cook County. Appointments fill up fast. You can register with the county here or call 833-308-1988 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday to make an appointment and/or to get updates.

Homebound

People who are homebound for various reasons can sign up online to get vaccinated against coronavirus at their home. Their caregivers will also be vaccinated under the program. The program is expected to take several months to complete.

How To Get Updates

You can sign up with Chi COVID Coach to get updates from the city’s health department on its vaccination campaign.

You can check the health department’s website for information.

You can also contact Block Club’s free coronavirus hotline with questions or sign up for our free text alerts for breaking news.

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