CHICAGO — The city is expanding its at-home vaccination program — and offering $25 gift cards to people who join in and get the shots.
Any Chicagoan who is 12 or older can get vaccinated against coronavirus at their home and will get the gift card under the program. The vaccinations will now be available 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady announced Tuesday.
Anyone can make an appointment through the program by calling 312-746-4835 or by going online.
The at-home vaccination program started in March and expanded to be open to all eligible Chicagoans in late June. It’s been successful, with appointments often filling up and the bulk of shots going to Black residents, in whom vaccinations have lagged.
To meet the demand, the city is also doubling the number of appointments it will do per week to 900. Officials hope that will make it easier for people to get an appointment and get their shots, Arwady said.
Up to 10 people can be vaccinated at a single home per appointment, so people can invite friends and family to get their shots. Anyone who get their shots at the appointment will get a $25 Visa gift card now, too, Arwady said.
People who participate can get the two-dose Pfizer vaccine or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The vaccines have been shown to be widely effective at preventing serious illness and death from COVID-19, including in people who have had the more contagious Delta variant.
Block Club Chicago’s coronavirus coverage is free for all readers. Block Club is an independent, 501(c)(3), journalist-run newsroom.
Subscribe to Block Club Chicago, an independent, 501(c)(3), journalist-run newsroom. Every dime we make funds reporting from Chicago’s neighborhoods.
Listen to “It’s All Good: A Block Club Chicago Podcast” here: