Doses and dinner at your door? City offers in-home shots to all Chicagoans — plus GrubHub gift card
Anyone with a Chicago address can now have a COVID-19 vaccine administered right in their home and get a $50 gift card. “Anything that keeps people talking about vaccine is a good thing,” said Chicago Public Health chief Dr. Allison Arwady.
The city of Chicago will bring a COVID-19 vaccine straight to the doorstep of any resident who requests it.
And they’ve got dinner covered, too.
Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady on Tuesday announced the expansion of the city’s in-home vaccination program, which previously was offered only to older residents and those with disabilities.
Now, anyone with a Chicago address can go to chicago.gov/athome or call (312) 746-4835 to set up a shot in the comfort of home. If you do, you’ll get a $50 GrubHub gift card.
Up to 10 people can be vaccinated in a single household visit, with their choice of the one-and-done Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the Pfizer vaccine, which requires a second stop.
Like all other vaccine providers, shots are free with “no formal identification required,” Arwady said during a City Hall news conference.
“If you know anybody, especially anybody older, who hasn’t done this yet, reach out to them, and let’s make it an event. Let’s get vaccine to their house, and let’s have a GrubHub meal as a result,” she said.
More than 3,500 people have already gotten their shots via the city’s dose delivery program, which is thought to be one-of-a-kind for a major American city.
Coronavirus infection rates are at pandemic lows across the board as about 68% of Illinoisans 12 or older have gotten at least one shot and 52% are fully immunized.
In Chicago, 63% of residents have gotten a shot and 56% are fully covered, but vaccination rates barely crack 30% in some neighborhoods, mostly on the South and West sides.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot are pulling out all the stops to entice more residents to roll up their sleeves.
The city is doling out free one-day Lollapalooza passes to the first 1,200 people to sign up at pcmslolla.juvare.com, for shots to be given Saturday at four vax sites.
And anyone who gets their shot by July 1 is automatically entered into a statewide lottery for cash prizes of up to $1 million, or $150,000 scholarships for minors.
The state has averaged 34,765 vaccinations per day over the past week, a rate that has fallen about 13% since Pritzker announced the vaccine lotto.
COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by day
Graphic by Jesse Howe and Caroline Hurley | Sun-Times
Source: Illinois Department of Public Health
But Arwady said the goal is to “drive continued conversation and interest” in the vaccines, noting that a promotion offering free Six Flags tickets drew a strong response.
“Anything that keeps people talking about vaccine is a good thing. We know that we are working a lot harder to get every vaccination at this point than we were previously, and we also know a lot of people are tired of talking about COVID,” she said. “The goal is to make sure that anywhere where we have seen promise and seen real progress, we’ve worked to adapt that and add that onto our base, door-to-door work here.”
To find vaccination appointments elsewhere in the city, visit zocdoc.com. For suburban Cook County sites, visit vaccine.cookcountyil.gov or call (833) 308-1988. To find other Illinois providers, visit coronavirus.illinois.gov or call (833) 621-1284.