The COVID-19 Vaccine & You
As front-line essential workers, our staff knows first-hand both the physical and economic challenges created by this pandemic. We continue to adhere to CDC guidelines with daily use of masks and social distancing in the field and on site to minimize the problems caused by the virus.
Now that vaccines are available, the CDC is issuing new guidelines for those that are vaccinated. We recognize there are many complex and valid discussions surrounding the now-available COVID-19 vaccines. We truly believe that families know what is best for them, including yours. We are an agency that appreciates the diversity of our teams and the clients with which we partner, and our ultimate goal is to keep everyone as safe as possible. To that end, we encourage our staff to get vaccinated. The vaccine has the potential to protect you from getting sick. It adds another layer of protection for those you care about and your entire community.
Getting back to normal is going to take all of our continued effort, but together, we can improve conditions and make things safer for Illinois families and communities. Here, we are providing resources to help answer questions about the vaccine.
Find a Vaccine Site Near You
- Illinois Vaccine provides current information on vaccine availability and links to register for appointments throughout the state. The site is refreshed every minute with new data, which is searchable by county. [Read More]
- A new federally-supported mass vaccination site is now open at the United Center on Chicago’s West Side. The site has capacity to administer 6,000 doses per day. There is NO ONSITE REGISTRATION. Go to Zocdoc.com/vaccine to schedule for an appointment or call 312-746-4835. This hotline is open Monday – Saturday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm and Sunday 8:00am – 4:00pm. Check out this Chicago Tribune article to learn more.
- As part of the City’s Protect Chicago Plus initiative, two temporary clinics dedicated to providing COVID-19 vaccines are now open in Englewood! If you live in Englewood and are over the age of 18, you are eligible for a vaccine at NO COST, and you DO NOT need to provide an ID at the vaccine appointment. The vaccine is available to ALL PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, not only Phase 1a or 1b (healthcare workers, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, people age 65+). To make your appointment at the Englewood site (UI Health Mile Square Health Center | 641 W. 63rd Street), head online: https://communityvaccineuic.health/englewood. To get vaccinated at the West Englewood location (Esperanza Health Center | 6057 S. Western Ave.) visit: www.esperanzachicago.org or text “West Englewood” to 773-207-3133.
Confirm Your Vaccine Eligibility
- Registration is now open for Illinoisans who meet the state’s Phase 1B Plus and 1B eligibility criteria. Appointments are now available for adult persons with a disability or specific health-complicating conditions.
- Registration is now open for Illinoisans who meet the state’s Phase 1B eligibility criteria, which includes persons older than age 65 and frontline workers.
Learn About Vaccine Hesitancy
The following resources were provided thanks to the Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY):
- The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected people and communities of color across the United States. Now a vaccine is available and it’s up to all of us to do our part to protect ourselves and the people around us from the further spread of this deadly virus. Aunt Martha’s has produced a video to combat vaccine hesitancy called “Protecting Each Other Together.”
- For a deep look at the various causes of vaccine hesitancy in different groups, take a look at the Atlantic’s article: “The Surprising Key to Combatting Vaccine Refusal: It’s not just one problem—and we’re going to need a portfolio of approaches to solve it.”
Read the CDC’s Guidelines for Vaccinated People
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its guidelines for vaccinated people on Monday, March 8th.