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Asia On Argyle’s Mini Tx Pharmacy Offering Vaccine Appointments Starting Tuesday (You Can Sign Up Now)

The Asian American-owned local pharmacy will expand vaccine access to Uptown's immigrant communities.

Mini TX Pharmacy (formerly Mini Thuong Xa) in Uptown.
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UPTOWN — Asia on Argyle’s Mini Tx Pharmacy will begin administering COVID-19 vaccine shots on Tuesday, but neighbors can already begin registering for vaccination appointments.

Mini Tx Pharmacy, 1069 W. Argyle St., is now taking registration for appointments starting Tuesday and beyond, expanding vaccine accessibility to one of the city’s most prominent immigrant communities.

Those eligible for vaccine appointments at Mini Tx include: any essential workers who fall under groups 1A-1C, those with underlying medical conditions aged 18-64, and senior citizens aged 65 and older.

All city residents eligible under those categories can go to Mini Tx for a vaccine, though the business is trying to focus on servicing the local immigrant community.

Vaccine appointments will be available 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Those wishing to make an appointment can call Mini Tx at 773-728-1007.

Bringing a vaccine provider to Uptown’s Asia on Argyle district will help the neighborhoods Southeast Asian community have better, more trusted access to the vaccine, said Jennifer Pham, owner of Mini Tx.

The pharmacy has been open since 1975, providing generations of families with trusted medical supplies and advice. Pham’s parents opened the business after immigrating from Vietnam. The business was previously known as Mini Thuong Xa, though Pham shortened the name.

Mini Tx provides its services in English, Vietnamese and Cantonese, Pham said.

“We want to make it known that we are an AAPI business,” said Pham, using the acronym for Asian American Pacific Islander. “I know Asian folks have been looking for [the vaccine]. That we speak the language will be beneficial for them.”

Mini Tx will administer the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine, Pham said. The pharmacy plans to offer vaccination appointments indefinitely — its supply will be determined by how much local demand there is for the vaccine, she said.

Mini Tx is not the only local vaccination site coming online next week.

Ald. Harry Osterman (48th) is hosting a one-day vaccine clinic Tuesday at the Broadway Armory. Though available appointments are already booked, neighbors can add their name to a wait list for the event by clicking here.

On Monday, a mass vaccination site next to Wrigley Field will open to the public and begin administering as many as 2,000 doses a day.

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