In an effort to reduce barriers to vaccination and increase vaccine uptake among our most vulnerable residents, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), in partnership with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), has officially launched a new COVID-19 vaccine mobile distribution pilot program using a CTA bus: the Protect Chicago Vaccination Bus. The first pilot event took place Wednesday, March 31 at Atlas Senior Center (1767 E. 79th Street) and successfully vaccinated 98 clients.
Future events and locations are currently being planned. The program is prioritizing seniors who live in zip codes with low vaccination rates. Family members, neighbors, or friends of a senior from any of the eligible zip codes who aided in their vaccine registration are also eligible for vaccine (Limit 1 per senior patient). The vaccine is offered at no cost to everyone regardless of insurance and immigration status.
The City is working with community-based organizations, aldermen, and other community stakeholders to identify the best locations and promote the program among community members. Appointments are strongly encouraged, but not required. Eligible individuals will be provided with special registration link and code.