Vaccine Appointments Available to Schedule Beginning March 4th at 8:30 a.m. for Seniors and March 7th at 4 p.m. for Residents Eligible in Phase 1B+
Beginning Thursday, March 4 at 8:30 a.m., Illinois seniors can schedule their first COVID-19 vaccine appointment at the United Center vaccine site, which will begin to administer a limited number of vaccines on March 9, with a full opening March 10. Following this exclusive appointment period for seniors, all Illinoisans eligible under the state’s Phase 1B+ will be able to schedule appointments on Sunday, March 7 at 4 p.m.
The United Center site will have the capacity to administer 6,000 doses per day, with all doses provided directly by the federal government and not taken out of state or city allotments. More than 100,000 appointments over the next three days will be available when registration opens. The vaccine will be offered at no cost, and insurance is not required, nor will it be requested at the federal community vaccination center. Documentation regarding immigration status is also not required.
Illinois residents have two options for making appointments: online and through a call center.
• To register online, visit www.zocdoc.com/vaccine
. The website 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 website should book their appointments online. While the call center has 200 staffers, those who need to use the call center will very likely experience long 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.
The United Center site builds on an expanding network of state-supported sites operating across southern, central and northern Illinois. To find additional information about vaccine availability, including locations and eligibility, visit https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/.
Check your eligibility to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at www.zocdoc.com/vaccine.
Helpful vaccine information (please click on the links below):
Vaccine Information (CDC)
Vaccine Review Process (FDA)
Pfizer Vaccine Fact Sheet
Moderna Vaccine Fact Sheet
COVID-19 Vaccine Myths