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Chicago teams want residents to take their shots

The Cubs, White Sox, Sky, Red Stars and other Chicago sports teams are part of a Chicago Department of Public Health campaign encouraging COVID-19 vaccinations.

People wait in line to get vaccinated against COVID-19 outside the American Airlines Conference Center at Gallagher Way in the Wrigleyville neighborhood,
People wait in line to get vaccinated against COVID-19 outside the American Airlines Conference Center at Gallagher Way in the Wrigleyville neighborhood last week.
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Local sports teams and the Chicago Department of Public Health have launched a “Join the Team” campaign to encourage more people to get COVID-19 vaccinations.

Billboards and social media platforms featuring players from the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, Fire, Red Stars, Sky, and White Sox will promote locations where residents can find COVID-19 vaccination sites.

“Beating COVID-19 is truly a team effort — and you don’t have to be a professional athlete to contribute,” Arnim Whisler, chairman and principal owner of the Red Stars, was quoted as saying in a health department news release. “Do your part. Find a COVID-19 vaccine site near you and help us bring home the win.”

With Illinois now in the “bridge phase” on coronavirus restrictions, capacity limits have been loosened in many areas, including sporting venues, restaurants, and theaters. Though the Bulls and Blackhawks are done for the season, the Sox, Sky, Red Stars, Fire and Cubs are still playing and will be able to increase crowd capacity to 60%.

“We all play an important role in ending this pandemic, ” Cubs Executive Chairman Tom Ricketts was quoted as saying. “Let’s all get vaccinated to keep each other safe.”

Two million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Chicago so far, including at a vaccination site at Gallagher Way, next to Wrigley Field.

“It is my hope and expectation that our residents, especially those who love sports, take this as their sign to get vaccinated so we can all get back to beloved Chicago pastimes,” Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot was quoted as saying in the news release.

City-operated vaccination sites offer the shots with or without an appointment, and that includes residents 12-to-15 years old, who can take the Pfizer vaccine.

Vaccinations are free. For the latest information on Chicago’s COVID-19 vaccine strategy, visit www.chicago.gov/covidvax.

Henrietta Nkemeh gave 15-year-old Christian Clettenberg his COVID-19 vaccine at Rush University Medical Center on Thursday, May 13, 2021.
Henrietta Nkemeh puts a band aid on Christian Clettenberg, 15, after he received a COVID-19 vaccine at the Rush University Medical Center in the Illinois Medical District on Thursday,
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Book an appointment at ZocDoc.com/vaccine or by calling 312-746-4835.