The Village Chicago Responds to COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

To Village members seeking more details about availability of the COVID-19 vaccine: we hear you!

Latest Update (03.29.21)

The City of Chicago officially entered phase 1c of the vaccine rollout on Monday, March 29th. All essential workers and adults with underlying medical conditions are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. People in phases 1a and 1b still remain eligible for the vaccine.

While the list of those eligible expands, vaccine supply and appointments are still very limited and patience will be key. Phase 1c will roll out over several weeks, and the vaccine will be offered to all eligible Chicagoans as soon as larger quantities become available. Most Chicagoans in phase 1c will receive the vaccine in April and May.

To schedule your vaccination, please see below for our recommendations.

Learn more about Chicago’s vaccination phases.

Call Your Healthcare Provider

As recommended by the City of Chicago, your first contact should be your healthcare provider, including your primary care provider, health clinic, or hospital where you have gotten medical care in the past.

Over 350 healthcare providers have signed up with CDPH to distribute vaccine.

Check your Healthcare Patient Portal (or MyChart) Now

Providers are reaching out directly to schedule appointments with some of their existing patients, prioritizing those who are older with more underlying conditions.

We recommend Village members log in to your healthcare provider patient portal to check for updates specific to you.

Find Appointments at Your Local Pharmacy

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 Village Chicago does not endorse any of the listed organizations. This list is provided only as a convenience.

Find Appointments Through ZocDoc

Chicago has partnered with Zocdoc to streamline Chicagoans’ access to COVID-19 vaccines. You can visit zocdoc.com/vaccine to confirm eligibility, see nearby vaccination locations, show their real-time appointment availability, and receive notifications when new appointments are available.  There will be limited supply at first, and more appointment availability will be added as more vaccines become available to providers. Frequently Asked Questions about Zocdoc.

Zocdoc participants (as of 3/2/21)

  • United Center
  • Rush
  • AMITA
  • Erie Family Health
  • Innovative Express Care

**Proof of residency will be required for all first dose appointments at City-supported sites beginning Monday, March 26, with the exception of United Center. Please see the list of documents one can provide to prove residency. Pharmacies and healthcare providers have been asked to prioritize Chicagoans and current patients.

More Vaccine Providers

The State of Illinois has launched a website to help you find a vaccination provider. As the federal government distributes additional vaccine doses, additional appointments will become available. New sites and pharmacies are being added daily. Please check back regularly for available appointments.
Click here to begin your search.
Howard Brown Health

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. Please call 872.269.3600 for vaccine appointment information.If the call goes to voicemail, please leave your name, number and best time to call. Click here for more information about vaccine appointments through Howard Brown Health.

Oak Street Health Clinics
If you do not have a primary care doctor or are unable to contact anyone in your healthcare network, consider contacting Oak Street Health Clinics, one of the providers in the City of Chicago with a limited supply of vaccines.
Due to high demand, Oak Street Health is focusing on vaccinating patients and community members who live near their centers. Click here for more information about vaccine appointments through Oak Street Health.

What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

(Updated February 23, 2021 ) From the CDC: “It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, avoid poorly ventilated spaces, and wash your hands often.​​” Click here to learn more.

Stay Informed with COVID Coach

The City of Chicago has six Point of Dispensing (POD) sites. At this time, all POD appointments remain completely booked with health care workers who first became eligible under phase 1a.

As more vaccine become available, a limited number of appointments will be available for those who are eligible under phase 1b. A link will be provided once appointments are available.

Registration with the CHI Covid Coach is free and your information is protected. Registering gives you three benefits:

1) Pre-register for a vaccine: Find out when a vaccine is available. Everyone signed up will be contacted by the Chicago Department of Public Health.

2) Receive testing information: Learn the latest about tests and testing sites.

3) Get help monitoring symptoms: Receive text messages tailored to your symptoms.

Learn more and sign up at chi.gov/covidcoach (click here).

More COVID Vaccine Information

The most relevant and up to date information for Village members currently residing in Chicago can be found at the City of Chicago COVID homepage (click here).

Please note: if you do not live within the City of Chicago OR are currently residing in another residence outside of the state of Illinois, please refer to your local city/county/state resources for vaccine updates.

We Are Here for You

The Village Chicago is open for business via email and phone. We are working together as a community to keep each other safe, engaged, and healthy. The Village staff responds quickly to emails sent to info@thevillagechicago.org and phone calls to 773.248.8700.

Staying Connected

All Village members receive the Member Memo by email each Wednesday and a calendar of upcoming events each Friday. In addition, one Wednesday each month the entire Village community of members, friends and supporters receives The Navigator, our newsletter about life after 50.

The Village Chicago will continue to offer a variety of virtual events using Zoom and organize some outdoor events for those who are interested—strictly following all safety precautions. Members of the Village community are continuously developing social gatherings, discussion sessions, fitness classes and other exciting activities. Please check our calendar to register for these programs, and email us at celebrate@thevillagechicago.org to share your ideas for ways to engage people and have some fun! Your feedback is especially welcome.

We would also like to acknowledge and celebrate the resilience and strength of our community, so please send us stories you would like to share — people caught in acts of kindness, tips, and ideas to info@thevillagechicago.org.

Information Resources

Here are links to some useful resources:

The City of Chicago

Block Club Chicago

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Illinois’ New COVID-19 Resurgence Management Plan (Effective 7.24.20)

Chicago Department of Public Health COVID-19 Updates and Resources

COVID-19 Testing Site Locations in Chicago

How to Access Services from the Cook County Treasurer’s Office Online

  • Chi COVID Coach: If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you can sign up to receive texts that check in on how you are feeling, provide day-by-day guidance, provide information on testing, and more. Registration is free, and your information will be protected. Click here to sign up.
  • Remote Patient Monitoring Program: Through this program, Health Workers will digitally connect with you when you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms but do not require emergency or inpatient care. To see if you qualify, call 866.443.2584. Click here for more information.
  • CDPH COVID-19 Call Center: The Chicago Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. Please call 312.746.4835 Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, or email coronavirus@chicago.gov.
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