Editor’s note. City officials cancelled events originally planned at Rainbow Beach and 63rd Street Beach. Dates and locations have been updated.
SOUTH SHORE — Residents of South Shore, which has one of the lowest coronavirus vaccination rates in the city, have several chances to get vaccinated in and around the neighborhood in the coming days.
The city will host a vaccination site 2-5 p.m. Thursday at Gary Comer College Prep, 7131 S. South Chicago Ave., one of numerous pop-ups coming to Chicago’s parks, salons and other spots this long weekend.
No registration is required for the Comer College Prep pop-up. The one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the two-shot Pfizer vaccine will be available. People who receive the Pfizer shot will be scheduled to receive a second dose three weeks later, according to city officials.
All COVID-19 vaccinations are free regardless of a person’s insurance, and everyone 12 and older is eligible. People who are vaccinated at city-run sites can get up to five free tickets to Six Flags Great America.
Other nearby vaccination events through Memorial Day weekend:
- 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at Crusaders Church, 7859 S. Ashland Ave. in Auburn Gresham.
- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive. To register, click here. Residents who receive their first dose Saturday will be able to return to the cultural center to receive their second shot 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 25.
- Noon-4 p.m. Sunday at Washington Park, 5531 S. King Drive.
After this weekend, a city-run vaccine pop-up will return to South Shore 10 a.m.–noon June 12 at Bouchet Elementary, 7355 S. Jeffery Blvd.
Anyone can call the city’s coronavirus hotline at 312-746-4835 to get more information on how and where to get vaccinated in their community.
Free at-home vaccinations are available for any Chicago resident 65 or older and residents with a disability or medical condition. Eligible people can call 312-746-4835 to book an appointment.
Family members and caretakers of people eligible to receive an in-home vaccination may also receive a vaccine at the same time.
About 25 percent of residents in South Shore’s ZIP code, 60649, had been fully vaccinated as of Tuesday. That’s the fourth-lowest rate of any ZIP code entirely within city limits.
Community organizers in South Shore and around the South Side have called on the city to increase access to vaccines and listen to residents’ ideas in an effort to boost the community’s low vaccination rates.
Vaccines have been shown to greatly reduce the risk of severe illness and death from coronavirus. People getting vaccinated is the best bet for ending the pandemic, officials have said.
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