CHICAGO — Two new mass vaccination sites opened Monday on the North and South sides.
One was at Gallagher Way next to Wrigley Field.
“This is the only way that we can finish with the vaccine,” said recipient Yolanda Delgado. She was among the first to get a shot at the Gallagher Way mass vaccination site. “Don’t be scared. It’s not that bad. I didn’t feel any pain.”
The other new mass vaccination sit to open Monday was at Chicago State University on the city’s South Side.
“In our neighborhoods on the South Side of Chicago, we have seen some of the largest infection rates and the most severe health consequences of our citizens,” said Z Scott, president of Chicago State University.
Advocate Aurora Health is running the site at the American Airlines Conference Center at Clark and Waveland. It will give shots to 2,000 people per day and appointments are required.
Representatives with Advocate, the Cubs, and three non-profits stressed the need to improve vaccine access for minorities, immigrants, homeless and other vulnerable populations.
“Often time throughout the pandemic, our positivity rate was double and even sometimes triple that of the city’s outreach, which is why a partnership like the one you see today is so important,” said Stephanie Willding, CEO of CommunityHealth.
The first two people to be vaccinated Morning morning are clients of Lake View pantry.
The Chicago State site will vaccinate 2,200 people per day and walk-up and drive-thru appointments are required. The city health department, Howard Brown Health and CORE are running the site.
Vaccine supply is improving as the number of Covid cases is surging again. Health officials say young people in their 20s and 30s on the North Side are driving the increase.
Both sites are for Chicago residents only. The city is currently in Phase 1C, which covers people with chronic health issues and essential workers.
“The vaccine is safe,” said Dr. David Trotter, Chair of Emergency Medicine at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. “It’s effective and it needs to get to as many people as possible.”
Make appointments for both sites at zocdoc.com/vaccine.