WRIGLEYVILLE — Wrigley Field’s mass vaccination site opened Monday at Gallagher Way, which officials said will help the city’s vaccination outreach.
The site, in the American Airline Conference Center at 1119 W. Waveland Ave., is a partnership between the Chicago Cubs and Advocate Aurora Health that’s part of the city’s larger efforts to ramp up vaccinations as they become more available.
Up to 2,000 people will be vaccinated daily at the site, but some doses will be set aside daily for clients of community organizations, including the Lakeview Pantry, the Northwest Side Housing Center and CommunityHealth in Austin.
The site is fully booked through this week, but more appointments will open to the general public 9 a.m. Tuesday, officials said. They can be scheduled through ZocDoc.
“We’ve come together to do something great for the community and give the community a chance to come get a vaccine,” said Dr. David Trotter, chair of emergency medicine at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. “A vaccine that I know is our best chance to strike back against this virus that has taken so much from us this last year.”
Lakeview Pantry CEO Kellie O’Connell said the organization’s volunteers have been calling clients daily to connect them with vaccine appointments. So far, it’s connected about 300 people with appointments at the Wrigley Field site.
The pantry previously partnered with the Cubs during the pandemic to open a pop-up pantry at Wrigley Field during the baseball team’s off-season. Since then, the pantry has served about 175,000 people affected by the pandemic and its economic fallout, she said.
“We’re excited to be back now to connect our clients with a very important vaccine so we can all move past this pandemic,” O’Connell said.
North Side resident Yolanda Delgado was among the pantry’s clients who received their first dose of the vaccine Monday. She said she was “relieved” to be getting the vaccine and looking forward “to partying again.”
“I think it’s really important that everybody gets the vaccine,” Delgado said after her shot. “This is the only way we can finish with the virus, so don’t be scared. It’s not that bad, and I didn’t feel no pain at all.”
Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.
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