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All Chicagoans Can Now Get COVID Vaccinations At Home For Free — And They’ll Get $50 Gift Cards

Health workers will come to the homes of any Chicagoan 12 or older to get them vaccinated. The shots are free and insurance is not required.

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are administered by Jewel-Osco pharmacists to union workers at the IUOE Local 399 union hall ahead of Vice President Kamala Harris's visit to discuss vaccine rollouts and union work in Chicago on April 6, 2021.
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CHICAGO — All Chicagoans 12 and older can now get vaccinated against coronavirus at home for free.

The move is meant to make it easier for everyone to get their vaccination shots. Under the program, health workers will go to any household in Chicago and vaccinate eligible people, Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said at a Tuesday news conference. Those households will also get a $50 gift card for Grubhub, a food delivery service.

Sign up online at or by calling 312-746-4835. The vaccinations are free and will be done regardless of a person’s insurance or citizenship status.

Households will be able to get Pfizer shots or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Children 12-17 can currently only get the Pfizer vaccine, but health workers will return to give them a second dose.

Up to 10 people in a household can be vaccinated at a time. Only one gift card will be given per household.

Gift card distribution begins Monday. People can use them to order food from local restaurants through Grubhub.

The program is meant to make it easier for Chicagoans to get their shots, as just more than half of city residents are still not fully vaccinated.


• Chicago State University’s drive-thru vaccinations are over, but it’s still accepting walk-ups.

• The pandemic means Chicago won’t have an Air and Water Show this summer — but the Blue Angels will still perform.

• Illinois has a vaccine lottery. People who get shots can win up to $1 million.

Families can get reimbursed for funeral costs if they lost a loved one to COVID-19.

• Vaccinations are now available outside some “L” stations Mondays and Fridays.


• In Illinois, about 5.9 million people of all ages — or 46.82 percent of the state’s 12.7 million people — have gotten all their COVID-19 vaccination shots, according to state data.

• Across the state, 34,765 vaccine doses are being administered per day, based on a seven-day rolling average.

• Illinois and Chicago have administered at least 12,260,505 vaccine doses of the 14,107,455 provided to them.

• City data shows more than 1.28 million Chicagoans — or 47.8 percent of all residents — have gotten fully vaccinated. About 54.4 percent of all Chicagoans have gotten at least one shot.

COVID-19 vaccinations are free and do not require insurance. 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 numbers:

• Six Illinoisans were reported dead from COVID-19 since Monday.

• At least 23,165 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,435 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.

• The state reported 191 cases since Monday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,389,634.

• Since Monday, 34,509 tests were reported statewide. In all, 25,491,706 tests have been reported in Illinois.

• Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate was at .6 percent. The figure represents the percentage of people testing positive among recent tests.

• Illinois’ seven-day test positivity rate, which measures the percentage of tests that were positive, was at .9 percent.

• As of Monday night, 117 people with COVID-19 were in the ICU and 57 people with COVID-19 were using ventilators in Illinois.

• In Chicago, zero deaths were reported since Monday. There have been at least 5,454 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago. The city is seeing an average of two deaths per day, down from an average of six per day the week prior.

• Chicago has had 42 confirmed cases reported since Monday. It’s had a total of 285,695 confirmed cases. An average of 44 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 42 percent decrease from the previous week.

• At the same time, testing has decreased 14 percent since a week ago.

• Chicago’s positivity rate was at .6 percent, down from .9 percent the week prior.

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