Protect Chicago


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Our Strategy

From the moment the COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the city, equity drives all distribution. As we strive to vaccinate the entire city, our commitment to equity is more important than ever. Equity is not only part of our COVID-19 strategy, equity is our strategy. 

 

Our Goals

  • Consistency: Provide consistent access to vaccine for Chicagoans, especially those in low vaccinated area
  • Convenience: Make vaccine available where people live, work, and play
  • Equity: Focus energy and resources on the 13 lowest vaccinated communities

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Tactics

  • Static Vaccination Sites– The City openedstatic vaccination sitesdistributed across the city that serve anyone age 12 and older, offer drive-through and walk-up options, accept walk-in appointments, and provide different types of vaccine.
  • Mobile Vaccination Sites & Popups–The City hosts multiple mobile clinics and pop-up events to provide access to vaccine at food pantries and distribution centers, City parks and beaches, CTA train and bus stations, schools, City or government services, faith institutions, and more.
  • Protect Chicago At-Home– The City offers in-home vaccination for all Chicagoans age 12 and older. Up to 10 people at a residence can be vaccinated – even if individuals are not Chicago residents. Initially launched to bring vaccines to homebound seniors and people with disabilities in March, the program expanded to all seniors in May. It is the only on-demand, in-home vaccination program now available to all residents age 12 and up in the U.S.
  • CHA & HUD Partnership– Mobile vaccination teams are being deployed to offer vaccine at congregate, senior, and low-income housing residences.
  • CPS & CTU Partnership– On-site vaccination clinics for schools across the City, including the Chicago Public Schools, are being held for students and their parents.
  • Vaccine Ambassadors Course– In partnership with City Colleges of Chicago, the City of Chicago provides free online training to educate people to become trusted vaccine education ambassadors in their communities.
  • Block-by-Block, Door-to-Door Canvassing– Canvassing teams are visiting every home in communities with the lowest vaccination rates to discuss vaccine options, share information about vaccination locations nearby, and engage in conversations and answer questions about the vaccine. Data captured by the canvassing teams will be used to continue to schedule hyperlocal and pop-up vaccination events in areas of greatest need and demand, and identify those in need of at-home vaccination.
  • Churches & Faith Institutions– The City is partnering with faith communities to host vaccination events in an ecumenical, multifaith approach in an effort to reach high- to moderate-risk communities and populations, especially those that have not been a part of prior City-sponsored equity initiatives.
  • Protect Chicago Music Series–A partnership between the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), the Protect Chicago Music Series will include a variety of musical events taking place across Chicago as an incentive and benefit for Chicagoans who receive a COVID-19 vaccine to protect their families, communities, and themselves.
  • Grubhub–To encourage Chicago residents to take advantage of the City’s Protect Chicago At Home program, Chicago-based Grubhub donates gift cards valued at $50 to every household that chooses in-home vaccination.
  • Vax & Relax – Vax and Relax events offered free haircuts or vouchers for services. In addition to vaccinations and haircuts, event featured live entertainment.
  • Join the Team– As part of its marketing campaign withthe Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, Fire, Red Stars, Sky, and White Sox – select events may feature players and mascots, or offer tickets to Chicagoans looking to get vaccinated.
  • Lollapalloza –The City of Chicago is giving away 1,000 single-day Lollapalooza passes which have been donated by the organizers for vaccinated Chicagoans.
  • Six Flags tickets –Thousands of Six Flags tickets were distributed to people getting their COVID-19 vaccine at City sites and events.

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Join The Protect Chicago Team

GET VACCINATED

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All Chicagoans can play a role to ‘Protect Chicago’ by getting vaccinated today! Find your vaccine at chicago.gov/COVIDvax

BECOME A VACCINE AMBASSADOR

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Complete this free online course from City Colleges and become a trusted messenger of COVID-19 vaccine education. Learn more here.

HOST A VACCINE EVENT

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Host an on-site vaccination event for your community. Complete our Vaccination Event Interest Form

JOIN THE CANVASSING TEAM

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Are you or your organization interested in going out in your community to help spread the word? Email us at canvassing@cityofchicago.org


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Protect Chicago Plus

Changing The Map Block-by-Block, Neighborhood-by-Neighborhood

This summer, the City has ramped up hyperlocal vaccine outreach, including door-to-door canvassing, in a data-driven effort to continue pushing COVID-19 vaccine to the communities with the lowest vaccination rates. In partnership with community organizations, canvassing teams trained through the City’s online Vaccine Ambassador program are going door-to-door to encourage residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19, starting with 13 targeted communities identified as having the lowest vaccination rates.

Canvassing teams are assigned to visit every home in these communities to discuss vaccine options, share information about vaccination locations nearby, and engage in conversations and answer questions about the vaccine. Data captured by the canvassing teams is used to continue to schedule hyperlocal and pop-up vaccination events in areas of greatest need and demand, and identify those in need of at-home vaccination.

The City is also offering vaccines at dozens of pop-ups and special events throughout the city each week, including parks, beaches, farmers markets, churches, food pantries and more. View a calendar of pop-ups and special events here. New events are added weekly.


The Impact of Protect Chicago Plus - Initial 15 Communities

Protect Chicago Plus Map: The neighborhoods initially targeted in Protect Chicago Plus are West Englewood, New City, Gage Park, North Lawndale, South Lawndale, Chicago Lawn, Englewood, Roseland, Archer Heights, Washington Heights, Austin, Montclare, South Deering, Belmont Cragin and Humboldt Park.

Protect Chicago Plus kicked off in early February, focusing on 15 highly impacted communities based on the City’s COVID vulnerability index. During the early stages of Chicago's COVID-19 vaccine rollout, many providers in these communities weren't enrolled yet or hadn't expanded to include the capacity needed to support the community. Protect Chicago Plus allowed the City to move quickly and provide access to vaccine where it was needed most. 

The City dedicated vaccine supply and additional resources to get these communities at or above the Citywide vaccination rate. In these neighborhoods, the City partnered with community stakeholders to open dedicated community vaccine clinics, mobilize outreach teams, and host special events to reach deep into the communities and touch those who may be disconnected from more traditional vaccine administration channels.

In Archer Heights, Austin, Back of the Yards, Belmont Cragin. Chicago Lawn, Englewood, Gage Park, Humboldt Park, Little Village, Montclare, North Lawndale, Roseland, South Deering, Washington Heights, and West Englewood, this included setting up 11 temporary clinics, phone and text banking, and canvasing nearby to share information about the vaccine. Groups went into communities to sign people up at grocery stores, taquerias, currency exchanges, health fairs, and more. In addition, 27 special events over three months – such as pop-up events for seniors, essential workers, immigrants and non-English speakers – gave residents even more ways to find their COVID-19 vaccine.

As a result of this work, from early February through early May, individuals with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in the 15 initial communities went from 6 percent to nearly 50 percent – made possible in part by more than 124,000 doses allocated at the City’s temporary clinics and at special events.In all 15 initial communities we saw a higher rate of growth in first doses coverage compared to citywide.

The first 13 communities to be targeted for block-by-block canvassing are: Auburn Gresham, Austin, Chatham, East Garfield Park, Englewood, Hegewisch, Montclare, Riverdale, Roseland, South Deering, South Shore, West Englewood, and West Garfield Park.

The first 13 communities to be targeted for block-by-block canvassing are: Auburn Gresham, Austin, Chatham, East Garfield Park, Englewood, Hegewisch, Montclare, Riverdale, Roseland, South Deering, South Shore, West Englewood, and West Garfield Park.


Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Equity is not only part of our COVID-19 strategy, equity is our strategy."
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot

 

Percent of population 18+ years with at least one dose of vaccine

 

 

Week ending 2/6/21

Week ending 5/8/21

Percent Change from 2/6 to 5/8

Chicago

10.6%

58.4%

452%

Archer Heights

7.1%

64.4%

807%

Austin

6.9%

44.1%

539%

Belmont Cragin

6.9%

61.7%

794%

Chicago Lawn

5.3%

50.1%

845%

Englewood

4.6%

34.9%

659%

Gage Park

6.4%

62.3%

873%

Humboldt Park

6.4%

53.7%

739%

Montclare

7.7%

45.9%

496%

New City

5.5%

49.1%

793%

North Lawndale

5.6%

38.0%

579%

Roseland

7.1%

41.4%

483%

South Deering

7.3%

44.1%

504%

South Lawndale

6.7%

54.3%

710%

Washington Heights

7.1%

44.1%

521%

West Englewood

4.4%

36.6%

732%


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