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COVID 19 Vaccine: Where can I get the vaccine?

Updated: Apr 2


Recent update 3.31.21

LIST OF CHICAGOLAND VACCINATION SITES:

Phase 1C of the IDPH COVID 19 mass vaccine rollout plan opened today for an expanded group of essential workers. Not all sites are currently serving Phase 1C individuals.


Click below to check eligibility for:

Phase 1A; Phase 1B; Phase 1C


There are now multiple vaccination sites available throughout Chicagoland. This is an updated version of our 1.23.21 post for vaccine sign up links. NEW: we have all the TIPS AND TRICKS to get scheduled quickly, courtesy of our Vaccine Volunteer Extraordinaire, Christine Blanek, who has already helped 115 seniors to find vaccine appointments and has graciously agreed to help our Cara Direct Care team and local volunteers to streamline the process.


Cara Direct Care patients who are eligible for the vaccine at this time should take the first opportunity they can to get vaccinated, for their safety, that of their families and communities.


TIPS:

- Sign up for every mailing list that you can (see below)

- Check your email several times daily

- Take the first vaccine appointment that you can successfully schedule

- DO NOT SHARE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OVER THE PHONE. This is not required and should be considered as suspicious.



Please see our list of local vaccination sites sign up links below - please feel free to share these resources with others.



1. PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENTS:



UNITED CENTER MASS VACCINE SITE:

Update 4.2.21

Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Site at the United Center, 1724 W. Madison Street, Chicago, providing thousands of Pfizer vaccines per day, seven days per week.

Registration is open and serving all of Chicagoland.

Currently taking all groups up to Phase 1B+ ONLY. NO WALK INS.


TIP: The best way to schedule at United Center is through Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH).

1. Sign up at CCDPH HERE and get your registration code FIRST .Then call CCDPH Hotline 1-833-308-1988 with your registration code ready and ask for United Center appointment


2. Another option is to register for appointments at this site at zocdoc.com/vaccine

(We recommend Option 1 as we have received reports that Zocdoc appointments have been canceled after scheduling)


For more details, travel instructions and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the City's United Center Vaccination Site web page HERE.


A free shuttle to and from parking and drop-off/pick-up locations will be available at Lot E. There is PLENTY of parking!

COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS

Everyone should sign up for your county vaccine notification emails. Every county health department now has a sign up link to be put in their system. If you live in one county and work in another, you are eligible to sign up in both counties. Many who have signed up for county updates have been emailed a link to schedule their vaccines already. Many counties have recently begun mass vaccination events.

Click on the links below and sign up on your respective county website (s) for updates.

a. COOK COUNTY

Register on this website to receive a personal code. You will receive email alerts when new appointments become available. You can search for appointments or call the Hotline instead of looking online.


Tip: Call the Hotline - it is easier to get an appointment this way. Best time to call is Monday/Tuesday at 7am. Average wait time to get a person is less than 15 minutes, but do not hang up, keep holding. If busy, keep trying the number, you will get through eventually.

Phone number: 1-833-308-1988


b. DUPAGE COUNTY

Register on this website. You will receive email alerts when new appointments become available. There is no Hotline. We have not had much success with scheduling through Dupage County. It is a waiting game - keep checking your email.


c. KANE COUNTY

There is a mass vaccination site at ....


d. LAKE COUNTY

e. MCHENRY COUNTY

f. WILL COUNTY

Joliet, Bolingbrook and Monee residents can call this number 815-740-8143 M-F 8.30am-4.30pm to schedule a vaccine appointment.


g. WINNEBAGO COUNTY


3. RETAIL PHARMACIES WITH MULTIPLE LOCATIONS:

Each pharmacy website - make sure you create a username and password first. When you get the sign up link, you are ready to get in quickly to snag that appointment time.


a. WALGREENS - link for Tier 1A/1B/1B+/1C to sign up, keep checking. Appointments added in early hours daily. Their system is very inefficient - you have to check checking multiple times on each date. If you are having trouble with online sign up, try calling Walgreen Vaccine Hotline: 1-800-925-4733 for scheduling.

b. OSCO - sign up for updates HERE. Check vaccine appointment availability HERE.

Keep refreshing the page at each location and watch for the date to turn GREEN.

c. CVS - information page which states you should visit this page to sign up when vaccine becomes available

d. WALMART - Walmart started scheduling vaccines on April 2nd. Check this link to sign up.

e. KROGER/MARIANOS signup link here

f. MEIJER

g. COSTCO - No information at all - surprising! Come on Costco!



3. CORPORATE HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS:

If you are a patient of any of the local corporate healthcare organizations in any capacity - log in through your patient portal, or contact your primary care provider/specialist office in that organization and request to be put on the vaccine waitlist. If you are in a current eligible, the larger medical systems are starting to contact patients directly for vaccine scheduling

- AMITA - no info yet

- ADVOCATE

- DUPAGE MEDICAL GROUP

- LOYOLA

- EDWARDS-ELMHURST

- UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO - PATIENT PORTAL

- NORTHSHORE

- NORTHWESTERN - RUSH UNIVERSITY

- HINES VA


4. INDEPENDENT CLINIC LOCATIONS:


a. OAK STREET HEALTH - These clinics are still focussing on vaccinating seniors, but other eligible groups may sign up to receive an email when appointments open up.


b. METRO INFECTIOUS DISEASE CONSULTANTS (MIDC), BURR RIDGE

No longer taking voicemails.

INSTRUCTIONS:

- Email to vaccine@midcusa.com

- Include NAME, DOB, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER and eligibility (see below)

- Currently scheduling appointments for Phase 1A/1B/1B+


c. INNOVATIVE CARE

Vaccine appointments not available currently. Locations in downtown Chicago.


5. OTHER HELPFUL SITES:

CHICAGO VACCINE HUNTERS

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1864372350383607/


IMPACT



Keep checking your email very frequently over the next few weeks. Once you receive an invite to sign up - do so ASAP as the spots will fill quickly.

Keep watching this site - as the vaccination plan changes, we will continue to update our resources above.


Thank you for being part of the Covid 19 Pandemic Solution.


Dr Clodagh Ryan

Cara Direct Care,

1400 W. 47th St., Ste. 1

La Grange, IL

60525

T: 708-571-CARA (2272)

F: 281:667-0104

W: www.caradirectcare.com

E: caradirectcare@gmail.com



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