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United Center Mass Vaccination Site To Close As City Focuses On Smaller Vaccine Events

Drive-thru vaccinations at the site will end after Thursday. Walk-ups already ended in May.

The United Center drive-thru vaccination site in the Near West Side on March 23, 2021.
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CHICAGO — Vaccinations at the United Center will end after this week, another sign Chicago is slowly coming out of the coronavirus pandemic.

Drive-thru vaccinations at the site will end after Thursday. Walk-ups already ended in May.

The move comes as officials are focusing on smaller vaccination events in communities so it’s easier for residents to get their shots. The city is now even offering to go to any Chicago home to vaccinate people there for free, with households getting $50 if they participate, Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, announced Tuesday.

The United Center’s mass vaccination site opened in early March, when appointments were still hard to come by. There was so much demand for the site’s slots the appointment website crashed and numerous people reported issues.

But since then, doses have become widely available and every Chicagoan 12 and older is eligible to get shots.

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.

More than 287,000 shots were administered at the United Center, with others going to nearby communities, officials have said.

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