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United Center’s Walk-Through Vaccinations Ending, But Drive-Thru Will Stay Open

Almost 287,000 vaccine doses have been administered at the site since March 9, Chicago's top doctor said.

The United Center drive-thru vaccination site in the Near West Side on March 23, 2021.
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CHICAGO — The walk-through portion of the United Center mass vaccination site will close Monday.

People will still be able to use the site’s drive-thru to get their COVID-19 vaccine shots, though, Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said during a Thursday livestream. The drive-thru portion will remain open until June 24.

Almost 287,000 vaccine doses have been administered at the site since March 9, Arwady said. Even more doses that were sent to the United Center were distributed to and used in nearby communities, she said.

When the site opened, officials said more than 330,000 doses would be administered there.

“As planned, our walkthrough that has been the largest number of vaccines for the United Center is closing on Monday, May 24,” Arwady said. “The drive-thru will continue to operate for another month.”

The site accepts walk-ups, though people can also sign up online or call to make an appointment. Anyone 12 and older is eligible to get vaccinated in Chicago and Illinois. People can use Zocdoc or call 312-746-4835 to make appointments.

Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer vaccines are available through the drive-thru, Arwady said.

The shots are free regardless of a person’s insurance.

People getting vaccinated is still the best bet for ending the pandemic, reopening businesses and having the world return to normal, officials have said. More people getting vaccinated also means there are fewer chances for variants of COVID-19 to develop and spread, which would endanger people and pose a threat to reopening efforts.

But demand for vaccines has dropped sharply, even though the majority of people are not fully vaccinated. Only about 4.9 million people — or 38.74 percent of the state’s 12.7 million people — have gotten all their COVID-19 vaccination shots.

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