Public Health

Where & How To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine In Chicago?

Mira Research Team09 Feb 2021

Quick Digest: 

  • As of February 8th, Illinois administered 1,329,963 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Chicago, Illinois is currently in phase 1b of vaccination, which allows health care workers, people in long-term care or nursing facilities, and people over 65 to be vaccinated.
  • Health centers are currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare workers in Chicago- a list of health centers can be found below.

What you need to know about the COVID-19 Vaccine in Chicago

The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines were both granted FDA emergency use authorization. Here's what you should know about the vaccines:

  • Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were found to be over 94% effective in preventing COVID-19.
  • These vaccines are mRNA and CANNOT give you COVID-19 and will not alter your DNA.
  • In order to create an adequate immune response, you will need two doses of the vaccine. The Pfizer doses must be administered 21 days apart from each other, and the Moderna doses must be administered 28 days apart.
  • The second dose must be the same brand as the first dose.
  • The vaccine will become fully effective about 10 days after the second dose; you will still need to social distance and continue to wear your mask while around others.

Here's where you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Chicago

The COVID-19 vaccine is being offered at health centers in Chicago. When you go to get your vaccine, be sure to bring proof of eligibility as well as other documentation the site advises. 

You can make an account on Chi COVID Coach to receive a notification for when you are eligible to register for the Covid vaccine.

Health Centers 

The hours of operation for these sites differ by location. Below are some health centers offering vaccines: 

These sites are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The COVID-19 vaccine is available in Chicago for all who qualify in Phase 1a and 1b

Chicago is currently in phase 1a of vaccinations. The following people are currently eligible to get vaccinated: 

  • Frontline Essential Workers
  • Staff or residents of skilled nursing facilities
  • Staff and Residents at Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Residents ages 65 and older

It is estimated that phase 1b will begin in the week of January 25th. When phase 1b begins, the following groups will be eligible for vaccination: 

  • Individuals working in education, childcare, emergency services, and food and agriculture
  • Those who work in corrections workers and inmates, USPS workers, public transit workers, grocery store workers, and staff at shelters and daycares
  • Incarcerated or homeless individuals

You can check your eligibility here

How Much Will The COVID-19 Vaccine Cost In Chicago? 

The U.S. government bought several hundred million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines via Operation Warp Speed. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced the COVID-19 vaccine will be free of charge to individuals receiving it.

It is, however, possible to be charged for the administration of the vaccine if you are receiving the vaccine at a private healthcare provider’s office or pharmacy. Our team estimates that COVID-19 vaccine administration will cost between $16 and $29 per dose. 

Once the pandemic is over, and the government no longer purchases vaccines, it’s possible individuals will have to pay out-of-pocket for the vaccine. The cost is estimated between $25 and $58 for a COVID-19 vaccination. 


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