CHICAGO — The city of Chicago is hosting four pop-up vaccination clinics throughout the city for Memorial Day.
The Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available at all four clinics, which are open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday as the city looks to take advantage of more people getting out for the holiday weekend to boost immunity.
The clinics will be at the North Avenue Beach, 31st Street Beach, Humboldt Park and the 95th/Dan Ryan CTA Red Line station. The move is an extension of the city’s Protect Chicago Plus initiative, which targets 15-high need communities to help boost vaccination uptake.
Right now, more than 67% of adults in Illinois have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while over half are fully vaccinated.
That figure now includes Rachnette Auston, who scored the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, after she admits she was a little nervous about getting the shot.
“The misinformation,” Auston said about her fears. “The misinformation about the shots.”
On Memorial Day, however, she says she finally decided to get the jab.
“I hadn’t got the shot but now I did and I’m happy I got it,” she said.
Auston is not alone. Many Chicagoans took the plunge at the at the 95th/Dan Ryan CTA Red Line station Monday, where a mobile vaccination bus was parked for most of the day.
“It’s good because people can come get off the bus and sign up,” Auston said. “It’s quick and easy to get it and then you’re done.”
While she knows some are still apprehensive about taking the shot, Auston says she will encourage others to help make the pandemic a thing of the past.
“I was scared at first and thought maybe I can influence people in my community to come get the shot,” she said. “Keep your faith. Trust in God and go get the shot.”
No registration is required for the pop-up clinic vaccinations.
More information on Chicago Public Health Dept’s website.