United Center Vaccination Appointments Open Thursday, March 4 -- Exclusively For Illinois Seniors

United Center Vaccination Appointments Open Thursday, March 4 — Exclusively For Illinois Seniors

To register online, visit Zocdoc.com/vaccine.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 4, 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 at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 7.

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 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. Sunday.

This is a FEMA mass vaccination site in another part of the country.

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 with support from the Department of Defense, state of Illinois, Cook County and city of Chicago.

Gov. JB Pritzker said the site adds 6,000 doses per day and joins 15 state-supported mass vaccine sites now operating across Illinois.

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/.

For Chicago residents, the city of Chicago is partnering with Uber to provide residents with transportation assistance to get to and from their vaccine appointments.

Uber is providing 20,000 $40 ride credits to eligible residents. After a Chicago resident books an appointment via Zocdoc, they will receive an appointment confirmation email which will also ask if they need transportation to their visit. If so, they’ll receive ride credits from Uber which will work only for rides to and from the United Center.

SOURCE: state of Illinois news release

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