United Center changes vaccination eligibility to only Chicagoans

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CHICAGO – Only Chicago residents are now eligible to book COVID-19 vaccination shots at the United Center.

On Monday, the new rules are in place after less than 40 % of the appointments made Sunday were procured by people not living in the city.   

Moving forward, appointments under the state’s Phase 1B+ are limited to Chicagoans 65 and over, people with pre-existing health issues and essential workers.  

“We’ve made sure Illinois has been a leader in the administration of vaccinations,” said Governor J.B. Pritzker.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted Sunday that “equity has been the guiding light for the rollout.”

“The bottom line for the city of Chicago is we want to make the people who are most in need are getting the vaccine,” she said at a Monday press conference.

The United Center is one of 18 community vaccination places that are part of the federal plan to bring the vaccine to hard-hit, higher-risk communities.

Officials said plan on spending around 45 minutes at the site. After receiving the shot you will have to wait 30 minutes to make sure there are no adverse side effects to the vaccine.

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