While Gov. Pritzker announced this week that the state would expand vaccine eligibility to those under 65 with certain medical conditions, Mayor Lightfoot said the city would not yet expand eligibility.
“At this time we are not supplied with enough doses that would allow us to expand eligibility in these phases,” the Mayor said in a press release. “Doing so in Chicago and Cook County would add well over one million additional people to 1B, and the result would be that those current eligible, including seniors, frontline essential workers and those in our most heavily COVID-burdened communities, would have an even harder time getting a vaccine.”
Chicago is now in Phase 1B of Covid-19 vaccinations. This means Chicagoans age 65+ and specific groups of highest risk and front-line essential workers are eligible for vaccinations.
Zocdoc Online Registration
The City of Chicago also announced a partnership with Zocdoc to serve as the city’s main platform for eligible Chicago residents to find and book COVID-19 vaccinations, Got to zocdoc.com/vaccine where you can confirm your location and eligibility. If eligible under Illinois guidelines, Zocdoc will show vaccination locations and their real time appointment availability. Eligible patients will be able to select a date, time and location, and instantly book and appointment online.
How to register for the vaccine
Think about how you get the flu shots, because CDPH is using the same channels for the Covid-19 vaccinations: health care providers, pharmacies, dedicated city vaccination sites and employers. Most people will get vaccinated by making an appointment with their primary care provider or at a pharmacy. The city is enrolling more healthcare providers and pharmacies every day but depends on the vaccine supply.