Last updated: March 31, 2021 at 11:50 am
If you're feeling scared, overwhelmed, or stressed, just know you're not alone! And your church is here to support you.
Who can get vaccinated right now?
Most recent update: Starting March 29, all essential workers can get vaccinated. See a list here. Anyone who needs to be have in-person contact with other people through their job should see if they can get an appointment.
Starting March 7, people with underlying conditions can also get vaccinated, including individuals with diabetes, cancer, BMI over 30, pulmonary disease, heart condition, chronic kidney conditions, and those with disabilities.
Everyone over 65 is also eligible.
Where can I get vaccinated?
You can sign up to be on a standby list for leftover vaccines in your area here.
I recommend signing up for Cook County's vaccination program here.
The City of Chicago is conducting its vaccination scheduling in coordination with Zocdoc, and you can check for appointments here. This is the site where individuals 65 and over can get appoints at the new United Center mass vaccination site. You can also call 312-746-4835, but they are expecting a lot of calls, so the website will be the faster way to schedule.
An Evanston youth also created a website that monitors other websites for vaccine availability, which you can check regularly here.
Some larger employers- including Jewel-Osco and Tyson Foods- are offering vaccinations on-site for employees.
What if I or my loved one is homebound?
The Department of Public Health is partnering with the Fire Department to do at-home vaccinations for individuals who have trouble leaving their home. If you or a loved one are in this situation, please fill out this form.
Are you feeling unsure about getting vaccinated?
Getting shots is best inconvenient and at worst downright scary, even in less stressful times than these. It is understandable that you might be worried about how getting vaccinated might affect your body.
Vaccinations are a vital way that we protect ourselves and those around us. All three COVID-19 vaccinations are extremely effective at preventing serious illness and death. Getting vaccinated affirms our support of our community and abundant life for everyone, especially the most vulnerable among us.
A very small percentage of people may have a reaction to the vaccine due to allergies and other medical conditions. If you have any concerns, please speak with a doctor (and if you don't have a doctor, talk to your pastor and we will help connect you). The risk of serious damage and death from the virus is far, far, FAR greater than the risk of a reaction to the virus.
We have multiple members of our church who have been vaccinated already. If you would like to speak to someone about their experience, please reach out to your pastor!
Do you want to get vaccinated but are just feeling overwhelmed by all the information and don't know what to do?
I have felt the same way! It's a lot. But your church is here to support you. Please reach out to me or another member of the pastoral team, and we'll do what we can to help!
Are you interested in talking to church members about your vaccination experience OR help other members find a vaccination appointment?
Beloved, we're still in this together! And we are going to get through it.