Protect Chicago Plus Continues to Connect Communities to COVID-19 Vaccine
Temporary clinics and special events launched in April will help better serve South and West side neighborhoods
This past weekend, thousands of COVID-19 vaccines were administered across the City’s South and West sides as part of the City of Chicago’s Protect Chicago Plus initiative, to ensure equity in vaccine distribution among the City’s most underserved communities.
In addition to temporary clinics operating in Archer Heights, Austin, Back of the Yards, Chicago Lawn, Englewood, Gage Park, Humboldt Park, Roseland/Washington Heights, and South Deering:
- Little Village was home to two special vaccination events – a partnership between Sinai Chicago and community organizations at St. Agnes of Bohemia Catholic Church, as well as a clinic with vaccines administered by Howard Brown at Assumption Catholic Church.
- In Englewood, a pop-up vaccination site opened in partnership with the UI Health Community Clinic Network (UCCN).
- Two special vaccination events in Belmont Cragin – a first dose event at Iglesia Casa de Misericordia and a second dose event at Belmont Assembly of God.
“COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on Black and Latinx residents across Chicago, and we know that meeting people where they live and providing access to the vaccine makes a big difference,” said Sybil Madison, Deputy Mayor of Education and Human Services. “We continue to look for new partnerships, and new ways to reach even more people in communities that need it most.”
Protect Chicago Plus works to eliminate any and all barriers that may prevent vulnerable community members from receiving their vaccines. By providing access directly within the heart of the community, community members are not burdened with traveling outside of their neighborhood to get vaccinated.
Vaccinations are offered at no cost and by appointment only to people who live in these communities. Identification and insurance are not required, but proof of address will need to be provided on the day of the appointment. For the latest information on Chicago’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, please visit www.chicago.gov/covidvax.