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Latest Vaccine Updates: Phase 1C Eligible and Wrigley Field Vaccination Site

Latest Vaccine Updates: Phase 1C Eligible and Wrigley Field Vaccination Site

New and updated information about COVID-19 vaccines and reopening guidelines continue to be released at a rapid pace.  You can watch a recording of the 46th Ward Vaccine town hall and find out more information about the vaccine here.  This week brings two exciting new developments in the vaccine rollout for the city: we have moved into Phase 1C and there are two new mass vaccination sites opening April 5th!

TWO NEW MASS VACCINATION SITES
Two new mass vaccination sites, one at Chicago State University and a second at the American Airlines Conference Center at Gallagher Way next to Wrigley Field, are set to open on April 5th.  Anyone in stages 1A-1C will be eligible at these sites and registration is through ZocDoc.

PHASE 1C NOW ELIGIBLE FOR THE VACCINE
Phase 1C Became eligible to receive the vaccine on March 29th.  You can find a full breakdown of the phases here.  Now that Chicago has moved into Phase 1C, the following Chicagoans are eligible for the vaccine:

  • Eligibility by Age
    • All Chicagoans over the age of 65 are eligible to receive the vaccine
    • No one under the age of 16 is eligible to receive the vaccine.
  • Eligibility by Medical Condition
    • Chicagoans between the ages of 16-64 are eligible to receive only if they have one of the underlying health conditions listed:
      • Cancer (current diagnosis)
      • Cardiac, cardiovascular, and cerebrovascular disorders (including heart disease, coronary artery disease, and hypertension or high blood pressure)
      • Chronic Kidney Disease
      • Chronic respiratory disorders (including cystic fibrosis, moderate to severe asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/emphysema [COPD])
      • Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2)
      • Disability: physical, developmental, visual, hearing, or mental
      • Down Syndrome
      • Heart Conditions
      • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) including from blood or bone marrow transplant, solid organ transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
      • Liver disease (including hepatitis)
      • Neurologic conditions (including dementia)
      • Pregnancy
      • Pulmonary Disease
      • Obesity: BMI ≥30 kg/m2
      • Schizophrenia spectrum disorders
      • Sickle Cell Disease
      • Smoking
      • Thalassemia
  • Eligibility by Occupation
    • Chicagoans that fall within the following employment categories are eligible to receive that vaccine:
      • Caregivers of medically fragile children or adults
      • Clergy and religious organizations
      • Continuity of government and postal workers
      • Correctional workers and first responders
      • CPS Staff
      • Daycare, K-12, and early education workers
      • Energy
      • First Responders
      • Finance
      • Food and beverage service
      • Grocery store workers and manufacturing/factory settings with outbreaks
      • Healthcare Workers
      • Higher Education
      • Information Technology and communications
      • Legal
      • Media
      • Other Community- or Government-based Operations and Essential Functions
      • Personal Care Services and hygiene
      • Public health
      • Public safety
      • Public transit, other manufacturing, and agriculture workers
      • Retail
      • Shelter and Housing
      • Transportation and Logistics
      • Water and wastewater

HOW TO GET THE VACCINE
Please remember, even when you become eligible, it may take weeks to get an appointment.  Additionally, some vaccination sites may prioritize certain qualifications when registering individuals for vaccines, such as being over the age of 65 or having an underlying condition.  Below are the points of contact available for scheduling your vaccine appointment.  We recommend starting by calling your primary care provider and then working your way down this list to secure an appointment:

  • Healthcare Providers
    • The vast majority of people getting the vaccine will get them through their healthcare provider (70% through their hospital, their physician’s medical practice, or a federally qualified healthcare center). Please reach out to your medical provider to make sure your contact information is up-to-date and that your provider knows you are interested in the vaccine. If you do not have a medical provider, you can enroll with a federally qualified health center. Click here to locate one nearest you.
  • Pharmacies
    • Pharmacies across Chicago have received vaccines and are scheduling their own appointments for those currently eligible. Around 15% of all eligible people for the vaccine will get them this way.
  • Employers (if prioritized essential)
    • If your occupation qualifies you for the vaccine (see the list above), your employer will be able to distribute your COVID-19 vaccine. If you believe you are eligible for vaccination through your employer, you can check with your employer. If you are an employer of prioritized essential workers, you can learn more here.
    • For CPS staff, CPS will be launching four school-based vaccination sites specifically for CPS employees at the following locations:
      • Chicago Vocational High School: (773) 535-6100
      • Clark High School: (773) 534-6250
      • Clemente High School: (773) 534-4000
      • Roosevelt High School: (773) 534-5000
  • ZocDoc
    • The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and ZocDoc are partnering to provide a new scheduling platform that will aggregate all available appointments throughout the city. Using ZocDoc, you will be able to confirm your vaccine eligibility, see nearby vaccination locations, and view real-time appointment availability. You will also receive notifications when new appointments are available. Use the ZocDoc here.
  • Home Visits
    • Homebound Individuals can now receive a vaccine at home.  Paramedics with the Chicago Fire Department are making home visits to administer the vaccine for individuals in the following categories:
      • a senior OR a person with a disability that requires in-home assistance, and
      • a person who has to use adaptive equipment (like a ventilator, wheelchair, etc.) and/or accessible transportation to leave home.
    • You can register to receive the vaccine at home here.  If you or someone you know needs this service but does not have access to the internet, please reach out to our office so we can assist you at 773-878-4646.

CDPH COVID-19 SURVEY
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) invites you to participate in a short, 10-minute survey to help them better understand the attitudes and evolving challenges surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.  All responses will remain completely anonymous.  Find the survey here.  It is available in both English and Spanish.

FLU SHOTS
Though COVID-19 is at the top of our minds, it is very important that everyone get a flu shot to protect ourselves and those around us.  Click here to find the nearest location to obtain a flu shot.

REACH OUT WITH QUESTIONS
Let’s continue to keep ourselves and each other safe. Please reach out to my office if you have any questions about the most recent COVID-19 information or flu shots at 773-878-4646 or email Ward46@cityofchicago.org.