Guidelines on who can register for the United Center’s mass vaccination site change to focus on Chicagoans after the majority of early appointments were made by those living out of town, said Sunday officials.
In a change announced by officials citing advice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make vaccine distribution more equitable and reach communities most vulnerable to coronavirus, appointments on Zocdoc will be limited to Chicagoans.
Since registration for the United Center site began on Thursday, more than 40,000 seniors have made appointments, according to a Sunday press release, and those appointments will be honored. But less than 40% of the appointments were made by Chicago residents.
As of 4 p.m. Sunday, residents outside of Cook County were no longer eligible for appointments at the site.
For Chicagoans, appointments are now available for people 65 or older and those 18 and older with underlying health conditions. There are still tens of thousands of slots open, according to the press release. Appointments can be made by visiting www.zocdoc.com/vaccine or by calling 312-746-4835.
Appointments will also be made for Chicago residents who live in communities deemed particularly vulnerable or have low vaccination rates. Officials said more information on eligible zip codes and registration details would be announced later this week. Additional appointment blocks will also go to community organizations as part of a targeted outreach effort.
For those in suburban Cook County, appointments at the United Center will be available, but the county will announce this registration process in the coming days, according to the press release.
Mobile vaccination teams will be sent out of Cook County with a few doses remaining, officials said. More information on the 18 mass vaccination sites statewide can be found at coronavirus.illinois.gov.
The United Center site, the state’s largest, will try to meet its goal of 6,000 vaccines per day on Wednesday.