How to Get Vaccinated
United Center Vaccination Site
A new vaccination will site open at the United Center Parking Lot tentatively on March 10. The first appointments will be prioritized for seniors during an early registration process. Any remaining available appointments will go to Illinoisans eligible under state guidelines. Information on how to register for an appointment will be released soon. Read more about the United Center vaccination site and learn more about Chicago's vaccination phases.
There are four ways Chicago residents can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Review the options to find the best way for you.
Your first contact should be your *health care provider, including your primary care provider, health clinic, or hospital where you have gotten medical care in the past. Over 350 health care providers have signed up with CDPH to distribute vaccine. Providers are also reaching out directly to schedule appointments with their existing patients, prioritizing those who are older with more underlying conditions. Healthcare providers can still sign-up to be vaccine providers.
The City of Chicago has provided vaccines to pharmacies across Chicago. These pharmacies each have their own registration link which can be found below.
- Jewel Osco
- Chicago Costco Pharmacies (Lincoln Park)
- Chicago Costco Pharmacies (Chicago IL Medical District)
The City of Chicago does not endorse any of the listed organizations. This list is provided only as a convenience. See the full disclaimer.
Specific employers in prioritized essential worker groups will be able to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to their employees in 1b. CDPH is working directly with employers as vaccine becomes available; for example, first responders are already being vaccinated and others will begin soon. If you will receive your vaccine through your employer, you do not need to take any other action.
Chicago has partnered with Zocdoc to streamline Chicagoans’ access to COVID-19 vaccines. You can visit zocdoc.com/vaccine to confirm eligibility, see nearby vaccination locations, show their real-time appointment availability, and receive notifications when new appointments are available. There will be limited supply at first, and more appointment availability will be added as more vaccines become available to providers. Frequently Asked Questions about Zocdoc.
Zocdoc participants (as of 2/8/21)
- Erie Family Health
- Innovative Express Care
*If you have insurance but do not have a primary care provider, please check with your insurance company for a list of providers accepting new patients. If you do not have insurance, one option is to enroll with one of Chicago’s many Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Download the FQHC flyers in English and Spanish.
Chicago COVID-19 Vaccination Finder
There is a phased roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine in Chicago with a very limited supply, so certain groups are prioritized. Currently, vaccination is available by appointment only for eligible individuals. The vaccine will be offered at no cost to all Chicagoans who want it, but patience is needed while vaccine quantities increase. Be aware that most provider office locations have been instructed to start vaccination of their current patients before opening up appointments to others.
Vaccine availability is limited and subject to change. Contact the provider to ask about availability and schedule an appointment. Many locations will start vaccination of their patients before opening up appointments to others. Some frontline essential workers may be able to access vaccine through their employer or be invited to City of Chicago PODs.
In addition to using the COVID-19 Vaccination Finder, your first contact should be your health care provider, including your primary care provider, health clinic, or hospital where you have gotten medical care in the past. Check your provider’s website, electronic application (e.g., MyChart), or office recorded message for details on vaccine availability. Providers are also reaching out directly to schedule appointments with their existing patients, prioritizing those who are older with more underlying conditions. Many providers are not listed on the map because they will start by providing vaccine to their current patients before expanding to others. Check the details associated with each provider prior to calling or showing up at the office or pharmacy.
Need help with this map?
Contact a COVID-19 general inquiry line at 312.746.4835.
There is a phased roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine in Chicago with a very limited supply, so certain groups are prioritized. Currently, vaccination is available by appointment only for eligible individuals.
City of Chicago PODs Not Open to the Public
The City of Chicago has six Point of Dispensing (POD) sites. As of the week of January 25th, all POD appointments remain completely booked with health care workers who first became eligible under phase 1a. As more vaccine become available, a limited number of appointments will be available for those who are eligible under phase 1b. A link will be provided once appointments are available. However, it is recommended that individuals use options 1-3 for the most appointment availability.
Things to remember
- All Chicago COVID-19 vaccine providers meet CDC guidelines for safe vaccine administration. These include adequate social distancing, a 15 to 30-minute observation period after receiving a vaccine and the ability to respond to medical emergencies.
- Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are currently used by Chicago vaccine providers. They are equally protective against COVID-19.
- You must receive the first and second dose of the same COVID-19 vaccine at the same location.