Eligible residents of now 17 ZIP codes in Chicago can register for a COVID vaccination appointment at the United Center’s mass vaccination site.
Currently, limited appointments for the site are only open to seniors 65 and older living anywhere in Chicago, as well as residents of “vulnerable and under-vaccinated zip codes” who have underlying conditions, the city says.
Those zip codes are: 60608, 60609, 60619, 60620, 60621, 60623, 60624, 60628, 60629, 60632, 60636, 60639, 60644, 60649, 60651, 60652, 60653.
Seniors and eligible residents of those zip codes can book appointments by calling (312) 746-4835 from 8 am to 8 pm Monday through Saturday and 8 am to 4 pm on Sunday. Specific outreach activities are also taking place in those communities to help register residents, according to the Chicago Department of Public Health.
Anyone who books an appointment but doesn’t live in one of those zip codes will have their appointment canceled, the city says. Chicago residents who are currently eligible for vaccines can sign up for any other limited appointments at the United Center as they are available through zocdoc.com/vaccine.
Click here for a complete guide to where you can sign up for the COVID vaccine in Illinois.
CDPH Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said Tuesday that officials “continue to have to squash rumors that something has changed regarding eligibility at the United Center.”
“Nothing has changed regarding eligibility at the United Center,” Arwady said during a news conference. “I know that things were circulating on social media again saying that I should take this code and use it because the city wants anyone to sign up. That is not true.”
Arwady said that any codes or coupons you may see are only for people in the prioritized zip codes or are part of an outreach effort with organizations that serve groups that need to be prioritized, and that anyone who uses those codes incorrectly but ineligible will have their appointment canceled.
“Let me be very clear, that if you try to register and attest that you live in a certain zip code or are supposed to be on a list and you are not, we will not confirm that appointment and you won” Not being able to get a vaccine, “Arwady said.
Arwady noted that Chicago is scheduled to move to Phase 1C of its vaccination rollout on Monday, expanding coronavirus vaccine eligibility to include those with underlying health conditions and more essential workers.
Click here for a complete list of who is eligible to get vaccinated in Chicago Phase 1C.
Arwady said “most” of United Center’s first dose appointments are scheduled, with second doses beginning in the next few days, as well as behind-the-scenes work to ensure Cook County residents can also get vaccinated with the set of supplies. apart for them. But Arwady said the United Center is “a small part” of the vaccines being done in Chicago and encouraged residents to continue visiting the website zocdoc.com/vaccine.
Appointments for the United Center site originally opened on March 4, but only to Illinois residents 65 and older in a senior-only registration period. Three days later, they were opened to eligible Chicago residents in Phase 1B Plus, a last-minute change from what officials initially said would be all Illinois residents, and they were quickly completed.
That change, which was narrowed down to Chicago residents only, was made based on federal guidance after fewer than 40% of initial appointments booked by seniors were for Chicagoans, despite United’s selection. Center as a site in part due to its “proximity to the city’s most vulnerable populations,” with a focus on vaccinating residents of the communities most affected by COVID-19.
The site moved to zip code eligibility with “continued focused reach” to target communities, the city said.
When available, some appointments may be opened for Chicago residents with qualifying underlying health conditions living outside of these zip codes. Those quotes will appear in Zocdoc as they become available.
The United Center mass vaccination site is part of a new federal pilot program and will operate seven days a week for eight weeks, being able to deliver 6,000 injections per day at full capacity. Those doses are provided directly from the federal government and do not deviate from the supply shipped to Chicago or Illinois.