CHICAGO — The coronavirus mass vaccination site next to Wrigley Field will close Saturday.
The site at Gallagher Way opened about two months ago, with more than 42,000 vaccine doses administered there since then, according to a Mayor’s Office news release. But as demand for the vaccines has slowed, the city is now focusing on hyperlocal vaccine events where officials can bring doses directly to residents.
People who had an appointment at the site after Saturday will be contacted and have their appointments moved to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to the Mayor’s Office.
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. The city also has an online calendar with vaccine events around the neighborhoods.
COVID-19 vaccine shots are free, regardless of a person’s insurance. Everyone 12 and older is eligible.
Vaccines have been shown to greatly reduce the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19, and officials have said people getting vaccinated is the best bet for ending the pandemic.
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