The 46th Ward hosted a COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) on January 26, 2021. Dr. Stephanie Black, Medical Director with the Communicable Disease Program in CDPH, provided an overview of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and answers questions from the community about the vaccine and its distribution. You can watch the full town hall by clicking on the video below.
The City of Chicago is currently in Vaccine Phase 1B. This means Chicagoans age 65+ and specific groups of highest-risk and front-line essential workers will be eligible for vaccination. Please remember, even when you become eligible, it may take weeks to get an appointment. There will be a phased roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine in Chicago with a very limited supply at the beginning, so certain groups will be prioritized. Everyone is encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as it’s their turn. Supplies will increase over time and all adults will be able to get vaccinated later in 2021. Once a vaccination phase begins, people in that phase are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine indefinitely. Tentative dates are dependent on vaccine supply.
Review the full vaccine phase overview at https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid19-vaccine/home/vaccine-distribution-phases.html.
How Most People Will Get Their Vaccine
The City continues to distribute the vaccines to medical centers for public distribution as fast as they get them from the federal government. The vast majority of Chicagoans will be notified by their primary care physician’s office to set up an appointment to get the COVID vaccine as more are made available by the federal government. Those without a primary care medical center, including those who are undocumented or who cannot afford health insurance, are encouraged to register with a federally qualified health center (FQHC) in order to get notified. There are over 165 FQHCs throughout Chicago.
Review the full information on three ways for Chicagoans to get the vaccine at https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid19-vaccine/home/ways-to-register.html.