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COVID Vaccines Available At 3 ‘L’ Stations Monday As Chicago Tries To Get Shots To More People

Chicago's daily new cases and positivity rate have slowly crept up, so officials are urging as many people as possible to get vaccinated.

Lakeview Pantry client Yolanda Delgado receives her first dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the vaccination site next to Wrigley Field on April 5, 2021.
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CHICAGO — Coronavirus vaccinations are being offered Monday afternoon at several “L” stations.

Appointments are not needed to get vaccinated. They’re available 3-6:30 p.m. Monday at the Belmont Blue Line station, 3355 W. Belmont Ave.; the 35th/Archer Orange Line station, 3528 S. Leavitt St.; and the 95th/Dan Ryan Red Line station, 14 W. 95th St.

First-dose Pfizer shots are available for anyone 12 and older, and the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available to anyone 18 and older. No health insurance or ID is required to get the shots. The vaccines are free.

Officials have started closing down mass vaccination sites in favor of smaller events in communities, like the “L” station vaccinations. They hope that can help more people get vaccinated as the number of people getting the shots has slowed significantly in recent weeks.

The shots are safe and can provide protection against COVID-19, including known variants, experts have said.

Officials have urged people to get vaccinated if they haven’t yet because the more-contagious Delta variant has spread. Chicago has seen its cases and positivity rate slowly creep up since it reopened and Delta has spread, and officials have said they’re worried less-vaccinated areas could see a surge.

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Vaccinations:

• In Illinois, about 6.3 million people of all ages — or 49.41 percent of the state’s 12.7 million people — have gotten all their COVID-19 vaccine shots, according to state data.

• Across the state, 17,288 vaccine doses are being administered per day, based on a seven-day rolling average.

• Illinois and Chicago have administered at least 12,825,103 vaccine doses of the 14,375,385 provided to them.

• City data shows more than 1.36 million Chicagoans — or 50.7 percent of all residents — have gotten fully vaccinated. About 56.7 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:

• Twenty-seven Illinoisans were reported dead from COVID-19 since Friday.

• At least 23,324 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,457 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.

• The state reported 1,592 cases since Friday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,395,497.

• Since Friday, 87,608 tests were reported statewide. In all, 26,152,157 tests have been reported in Illinois.

• Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate was at 1.7 percent. The figure represents the percentage of people testing positive among recent tests. It was at 1.5 percent Friday.

• Illinois’ seven-day test positivity rate, which measures the percentage of tests that were positive, was at 2 percent. It was also at 1.7 percent Friday.

• As of Sunday night, 84 people with COVID-19 were in the ICU and 36 people with COVID-19 were using ventilators in Illinois.

• In Chicago, one death was reported since Friday. There have been at least 5,483 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago. The city is seeing an average of less than one death per day, down from an average of one per day the week prior.

• Chicago has had 189 confirmed cases reported since Friday. It’s had a total of 286,632 confirmed cases. An average of 41 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 34 percent increase from the week prior.

• At the same time, testing has decreased 38 percent since a week ago.

• Chicago’s positivity rate was at .9 percent, up from .5 percent the week prior.

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