Seniors Can Schedule COVID Vaccine Appointments At The United Center Beginning Thursday

CHICAGO (CBS) — Senior citizens in Chicago and in Illinois will exclusively be able to schedule their COVID vaccine appointments at the United Center this week. The arena has a capacity to give 6,000 per day. “In order for us to truly rise above this terrible pandemic, we must get our seniors vaccinated as fast […]

Seniors Can Schedule COVID Vaccine Appointments At The United Center Beginning Thursday

CHICAGO (CBS) — Senior citizens in Chicago and in Illinois will exclusively be able to schedule their COVID vaccine appointments at the United Center this week.

The arena has a capacity to give 6,000 per day.

“In order for us to truly rise above this terrible pandemic, we must get our seniors vaccinated as fast as humanely as possible, no shortcuts there, it’s essential to us to be able to move forward,” said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “Because we see that in Chicago, regardless of the underlying conditions vaccinating older resonance, as a biggest impact on preventing coordinate COVID-19 related deaths, as more than 80% of the total number of COVID-related deaths in Chicago, happen in residents aged 60 and older.”

Starting Thursday, March 4 at 8:30 a.m., seniors can schedule their first COVID-19 vaccine appointment at the United Center. There will a limited number of vaccines administered on March 9, with a full opening March 10.

There is no cost to the vaccine.

After the appointment period for seniors, all Illinoisans eligible under the state’s Phase 1B+ will be able to schedule appointments starting Sunday, March 7 at 4:00 p.m.

More than 100,000 appointments over the next three days will be available when registration opens.

State residents have two options for making appointments:

*To register online, visit Zocdoc.com/vaccine. The web site is projected to handle much higher volume of appointment requests. Zocdoc will show real-time appointment availability and eligible residents will then be able to select a date/time and book an appointment online. Date of birth will be required when booking an appointment to confirm vaccine eligibility.

*To register by phone, call (312) 746-4835. To help bridge the digital divide, a multi-lingual call center will be available to help seniors make an appointment.

*This call center will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Given the anticipated high demand for appointments, residents who can use the web site should book their appointments online. While the call center has 200 staffers, those who need to use the call center will very likely experience lengthy wait times.

The site will operate seven days a week for eight weeks under the federal government’s vaccination pilot program. The facility will be managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with support from the Department of Defense, State of Illinois, Cook County and City of Chicago.

On Tuesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office said restaurants and bars may now increase indoor capacity to 50% or 50 people per space, whichever is less. The limit had been 40% for the past two weeks.

In addition, they may stay open and serve alcohol until 1 a.m. Until now, they had been required to cut off alcohol sales at 11 p.m. and halt on-site service at midnight.

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