Chicagoans 16 and older eligible to get COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday

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CHICAGO – Beginning Monday, COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands for Chicagoans 16 and older.

The news comes after more than one million Chicago residents have been administered at least one shot of the vaccine, accounting for nearly half of the city’s population.

The move brings Chicago in line with the rest of the state, which expanded eligibility in early April as Phase 2 in the state’s recovery began.

Loyola University student Grace Schuler said it was a no brainer for her to get her second vaccine dose.

“It’s pretty obvious to me at least, I don’t know why others don’t feel that way but it’s not just about protecting myself, it’s about protecting others,” Schuler said.

College students and young adults have been blamed in recent weeks for spikes in COVID-19 cases across the country. The most recent city data showed peoples ages 18-29 have the highest daily-average for COVID-19 cases.

The Illinois Department of Health is launching college vaccination days where some appointments will be set aside this week at mass vaccination sites. The goal is to get as many college students vaccinated as possible.

All vaccinations are by appointment only. Appointments can be made at vaccine.cookcountyil.gov or by calling 833-308-1988, Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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