OLD TOWN — Downtown and North Side residents 16 or older can get vaccinated at a pop-up clinic next week in Old Town.
The one-day clinic will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday at the old Treasure Island Foods, 1639 N. Wells St., where 3,500 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be given, according to Ald. Michele Smith’s (43rd) office.
A second clinic will be held May 13 for people to receive their second doses.
People can register online to be vaccinated at the event, but space is limited. People should expect the entire appointment to take about an hour. Appointments are first come, first served. All adults in Chicago will be eligible to get vaccinated starting Monday.
“This is a great opportunity for people in our ward to get vaccinated, especially those under 40 who have been the age group most impacted by recent spikes,” Smith said in an email announcement for the clinic. “Many people under 40 think they are healthy and will be lucky enough, if they get infected, to only have a minor case. I am suggesting that if they will not get vaccinated for themselves, do it for your community and to ensure that we can reopen fully.”
The clinic is a joint effort between Smith’s office and Alds. Brian Hopkins (2nd), Brendan Reilly (42nd) and Walter Burnett Jr. (27th).
Volunteers, especially those with nursing experience, are still needed to help run the clinic. People can sign up by contacting any of the participating wards’ offices.
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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