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New coronavirus vaccine scheduler lets you find appointments in Chicago

CHICAGO — Chicagoans who want to get their coronavirus shots can now try to find appointments across the city through an online scheduling tool.

The city is partnering with Zocdoc to create a more centralized platform where people can schedule vaccination appointments when available, Chicago Department of Public Health chief Dr. Allison Arwady said Tuesday. You can use the Zocdoc tool by clicking here.

So far, Chicagoans eligible for vaccinations during Phase 1B have been asked to call their primary doctor or hospital, try to book appointments at local pharmacies, or see if they can get vaccinated on their workplace. This has caused headaches for many people, who rush to find out where they can get their shots – and then have to fight with others to get appointments for the short times they are available before to fill up.

Appointments will still be hard to come by as demand for vaccine doses remains high while the city receives only a limited amount from the federal government. And the city is still urging people to try to get appointments through their primary care provider, employer or pharmacy.

But the city hopes that the Zocdoc planner can be a free and less confusing resource for Chicagoans who would otherwise struggle to find and book appointments.

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Zocdoc will list open appointments from city vaccination sites, as well as local organizations like AMITA Health, Erie Family Health and Innovative Express Care, among others. This will create “a central marketplace to help Chicagoans access vaccinations,” according to a city press release.

Not all vaccine providers in Chicago list their open appointments on the scheduling tool. But other providers are expected to join, according to the city. You can see other sites where you can register to get vaccinated here.

People will be able to register online for appointments through Zocdoc. The tool will check if you are eligible to be vaccinated. If you are, it will show nearby vaccination locations and open appointments. People can then make an appointment.

Appointments will be limited and there will be times when people check Zocdoc and there will be no appointments available, said Richard Fine, vice president of strategy at Zocdoc. But people can give Zocdoc their email and the scheduler will contact them when appointments open.

The planner is free for users, and Zodoc doesn’t charge the city or sell people’s data, Fine said.

People currently eligible for vaccinations in Chicago:

  • Chicago residents age 65 and older, with particular priority given to those age 75 and older and those age 65 and older with underlying medical conditions.
  • Frontline essential workers:
    • Correctional workers.
    • First responders.
    • Grocery workers.
    • People working in manufacturing/factory environments with outbreaks.
    • Child care, K-12 and early childhood workers.
    • Transit workers.
    • Other manufacturing workers.
    • Agricultural workers.
    • Continuity of government and postal workers.
  • Stage 1A people, including healthcare workers.

Vaccine providers in and around the city:

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