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.
Currently, vaccination is available by appointment only for eligible individuals. The best way to schedule an appointment is by contacting your healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider, go to Zocdoc.com/vaccine (the City’s vaccine appointment tool) or Chicago.gov/VaccineFinder to find a vaccine provider nearby.
Seniors and people with underlying medical conditions are particularly vulnerable to severe illness or death from COVID-19 and are highly encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Underlying conditions include : Cancer (current diagnosis), Cardiac, cardiovascular, and cerebrovascular disorders (including heart disease, coronary artery disease, and hypertension or high blood pressure), Chronic Kidney Disease, Chronic respiratory disorders (including cystic fibrosis, moderate to severe asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/emphysema [COPD]), Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2), Disability: physical, developmental, visual, hearing, or mental, Neurologic conditions (including dementia), Down Syndrome, Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) including from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines, Liver disease (including hepatitis), Pregnancy, Obesity: BMI ≥30 kg/m2, Schizophrenia spectrum disorders, Sickle Cell Disease, and Thalassemia.
Additionally, as of Monday, March 29, City of Chicago-run vaccination sites will only schedule appointments for Chicago residents, and no children under age 18 will be allowed on site. While government-issued ID is not required, these sites will also require proof of residency – more than 30 different documents are accepted.
The COVID-19 vaccine is free to everyone, regardless of insurance or immigration status. You cannot be denied a vaccine if you do not have insurance.