COVID-19 Vaccination Information

The best place to get the most up-to-date information on the city's COVID-19 vaccine rollout is on the City of Chicago's COVID-19 vaccination website. We will also try to update this page as we receive information and updates from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Three Ways Chicago Residents Can Receive a COVID-19 Vaccine:

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Your first contact should be your health care provider, including your primary care provider, health clinic, or hospital where you have gotten medical care in the past. Over 350 health care providers have signed up with CDPH to distribute vaccine. Providers are also reaching out directly to schedule appointments with their existing patients, prioritizing those who are older with more underlying conditions. Health care providers can still sign-up to be vaccine providers.

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The City of Chicago has provided vaccines to pharmacies across Chicago. These pharmacies each have their own registration link which can be found below. 

The City of Chicago does not endorse any of the listed organizations.This list is provided only as a convenience. See the full disclaimer.

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Specific employers in prioritized essential worker groups will be able to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to their employees in 1b. CDPH is working directly with employers as vaccine becomes available; for example, first responders are already being vaccinated and others will begin soon. If you will receive your vaccine through your employer, you do not need to take any other action.

*If you have insurance but do not have a primary care provider, please check with your insurance company for a list of providers accepting new patients. If you do not have insurance, one option is to enroll with one of Chicago’s many Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Download the FQHC flyers in English and Spanish.

Zocdoc Scheduler:

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The Chicago Department of Public Health has partnered with Zocdoc to create a more centralized platform where people can schedule vaccination appointments when they’re available. To view available appointments through Zocdoc, click here.

Vaccination Appointments for Homebound Persons

People who are homebound can sign up online to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at their residence. Caregivers will also be vaccinated under the program.

 

To be eligible, a person must not be able to leave their home because it “requires considerable and taxing effort," and must fit one of these categories:

 

  • Be a senior OR a person with a disability that requires in-home assistance, and

  • Be a person who has to use adaptive equipment (like a ventilator, wheelchair, etc.) and/or accessible transportation to leave home.

Homebound vaccinations will be administered by Chicago Firefighter emergency medical personnel. Vaccines are limited to those who are truly homebound and meet the above eligibility requirements. 

Cook County Vaccination Program:

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Cook County Government, Cook County Health and Cook County Department of Public Health are pleased to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to those living or working in Cook County. The distribution of COVID-19 vaccination will be done in a phased approach as vaccine supply is available and using guidance from local, state and national public health authorities. On their site, you can sign up for COVID-19 updates and information to schedule an appointment when administration expands to your phase. Providing all the information requested will ensure that you are notified properly as the program expands. Please visit their site frequently to access the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 and the vaccine distribution program.

Sign up on their website to receive:

 

  • Updates on the Vaccine and the Community Vaccination Program

  • Notification for when vaccine administration is open to your phase

  • Information on scheduling a vaccine appointment through Cook County Health

  • Information on vaccine distribution locations throughout Cook County

Illinois Vaccine Finder

Looking for an available vaccine appointment. ilvaccine.org can help you locate appointments throughout the state of Illinois. The website does allow users to filter available appointments by county and offers links to providers' sites where users can sign up for available appointments. 

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

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The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center opened a stand-alone COVID-19 vaccine clinic for Veterans on Monday, March 29. The clinic will serve all veterans eligible for health care from the Veterans Health Administration, regardless of their age or any health conditions.
 

The clinic is located at 2215 W. Harrison Street in Chicago, just blocks from the Jesse Brown main hospital campus. Parking is available near the clinic, and there is free parking at Jesse Brown with free shuttle service to the clinic location and back. The vaccine clinic will be open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The operating hours on Wednesdays will 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Veterans can schedule vaccination appointments through their care team at Jesse Brown or by calling (312) 569-5801. Veterans can also visit www.chicago.va.gov/services/covid-19-vaccines.asp for the current information about clinic hours. Veterans who get the COVID-19 vaccine and are not currently enrolled in VA health care will be registered in the VA system, and their eligibility for future health care will be determined.

Howard Brown Health Scheduler:

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Howard Brown Health is now offering the COVID-19 vaccine to established patients and community members who are essential frontline workers or age 65 or older. Reserve your vaccine appointment online.

Appointments may be rescheduled based on the availability of the vaccine.

Essential frontline workers include:
 

  • First Responders (police, fire department, etc)

  • Education Workers (teachers, school support staff, day care workers)

  • Food & Agriculture Workers

  • Manufacturing Workers

  • Corrections Workers

  • US Postal Service Workers

  • Public Transit Workers

  • Grocery Store Workers
     

Due to supply, vaccination appointments are available at limited clinic locations in Chicago. The appointment for the second dose will be scheduled at the end of your first appointment.
 

All appointments are subject to change based on vaccine availability.

Details regarding the Howard Brown vaccination rollout plan will continue to change in the coming days. Please visit howardbrown.org/covid-19/vaccine for the latest information regarding scheduling and availability.

Rush Medical Scheduler:

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Rush has been working with local and city officials to begin delivering the COVID-19 vaccine to its community, following the guidelines outlined by the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health. Based on those guidelines, eligible people will include those 65 years of age or older and essential workers, including health care workers. Review the Chicago Department of Public Health’s phase 1b guidelines here.

Heartland Health Vaccine Survey:

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Heartland Health Center, located at 1300 W. Devon in Rogers Park, is a designated Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). As we continue with the vaccine rollout for phase 1b, they will be giving the vaccine to established patients who meet CDC and IDPH guidance. 

At this time, Heartland Health has limited vaccines. They are currently contacting their highest risk patients in 1b to ensure that they're receiving their dose. As they receive more vaccines, they'll continue to reach out to the remaining eligible 1b patients. This meant that they're not currently accepting calls for vaccine appointments until they have a steadier supply of vaccines.

However, they are looking to support residents while they await more supplies. If you are interested in receiving the vaccine from Heartland Health Centers, please take a moment to complete their online survey. As soon as more doses become available, they will contact individuals who have completed this survey. 

Transportation for COVID-19 Vaccines:

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For seniors and people with disabilities who need assistance to access their COVID-19 vaccine appointment will be able to take advantage of transportation resources. 

Special Needs Chicago

Special Needs Chicago has wheelchair accessible transportation throughout the Chicagoland area (city and suburbs) to assist people with getting to their COVID vaccine appointment. Call 630-668-9999 for more information or click here to book a reservation

Uber to Provide Free Rides to Vaccine Appointments

Uber has partnered with Walgreens Pharmacy to make it easier for people who don't have a car or a nearby pharmacy to get their COVID-19 vaccine. Uber will offer free rides to Walgreens stores and clinics for those who book an appointment and live in an underserved community. Uber will work with community organizations, such as the Urban League, to determine underserved communities that will be eligible for free rides. Those organizations will then work to distribute codes that community members can use to get the free rides. 

How the mRNA Vaccine Works:

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The approved COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not contain any live virus of COVID-19. Instead, scientists used the genetic sequence of the virus to create a blueprint of the COVID-19 virus. The virus will trigger the body to produce the spike protein in the COVID-19 virus, which will signal our immune systems to produce the proper antibodies and T cells to combat the RNA blueprint. This means that should an individual contract the COVID-19 virus after being inoculated, the body's immune system will already have stored the information necessary to combat the virus. 

When people receive a vaccination, they might feel some side effects as their immune systems respond to the spike protein. The most common side effects include swelling and some pain at the injection site as well as fever, chills, headaches, and fatigue. These side effects are temporary and indicate that the immune system is imprinting its response to combat COVID-19.