CHICAGO — People who get vaccinated against coronavirus can get $100 starting this weekend.
The city’s health department is offering gift cards to people who get vaccinated at its events, through its at-home vaccination program and through Chicago Public Schools clinics, according to a news release.
Everyone 12 and older can get the shots, which are free and do not require ID or insurance. Each participant will get a $50 Visa gift card for each shot of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine they get, or they’ll get two $50 gift cards if they get the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The gift cards will be available starting Saturday at vaccination events, and they’ll be available to people getting shots at home beginning Tuesday, according to the city.
A list of the city’s vaccination events is available online.
At-home vaccinations are available to every Chicagoan 12 and older. Appointments are open 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, with 10 people able to be vaccinated per appointment. Anyone can make an appointment through the program by calling 312-746-4835 or by going online.
The vaccines have been shown to be safe and to largely prevent severe illness and death from COVID-19, officials have said.
City data shows more than 1.49 million Chicagoans — or 55.6 percent of all residents — are fully vaccinated. About 60.9 percent of all Chicagoans have gotten at least one shot.
Officials are trying to bring up those numbers so people are better protected from coronavirus as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads in the city. They have said they are worried less-vaccinated communities could see significant surges in the fall and winter.
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