Patient registration for the COVID-19 vaccine is not available at this time. When we are able to vaccinate patients, vaccines will be offered to a limited number of eligible patients through a lottery. Lottery enrollment is automatic. You do not need to take action to be added to the pool and do not need to call us to confirm your eligibility. You will get a message through MyChart, texts, and/or a telephone call when the lottery determines it is your turn to schedule a vaccination appointment.
COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and the fastest way to bring an end to this global pandemic. We understand you may have questions, and we will do our best to provide you with information and updates as we learn more about the vaccine’s rollout to our patients and the South Side community. Here is what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccination program for UChicago Medicine patients:
- Public health agencies have granted us permission to provide COVID-19 vaccines to limited groups of people. We must follow their instructions. At our main hospital in Hyde Park, we are now allowed to vaccinate:
- Current patients who are 65 years and older.
- Healthcare workers, including some unaffiliated frontline healthcare workers. (Space may be limited.)
- We are using a lottery to vaccinate current patients who have been prioritized by public health agencies. Enrollment in the lottery is automatic, and registration is not available. You do not need to take any action to be added to the pool. If you are randomly selected for the vaccine, you will get a message through MyChart and telephone calls when it is your turn to get a vaccine. You will get instructions explaining how to schedule your appointment at that time.
- UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial has not yet begun patient vaccination. Additional information will be provided as that vaccination effort begins
- We will share updates once we are authorized by public health agencies to vaccinate larger groups of patients. Contact your local public health department for alternative vaccine locations if you are not currently eligible to receive a vaccine through our patient program. Learn more about the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) distribution or access the Illinois Department of Public Health's vaccine finder.
- If you need to see your doctor for any other reason, we are ready to serve you. Please call to schedule an in-person or video visit appointment as you normally would.
- Please continue to stay safe and healthy by practicing social distancing, wearing a face covering and washing your hands. If you don’t feel well, stay home and request a COVID-19 test through MyChart or by calling 773-702-2800.
COVID-19 Vaccination Registration and Scheduling FAQs for UChicago Medicine Patients
UChicago Medicine is vaccinating patients as we get authorization to do so from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). Patients who are eligible to receive vaccines will be automatically entered into a lottery that follows public health guidelines. Patients do not need to take action to be added to the pool and will be notified though MyChart messages, texts, and/or phone calls if and when it is their turn to schedule a vaccine.
UChicago Medicine will contact patients as we learn more about distribution plans and determine when we can begin to broadly vaccinate patients. You also can check this webpage for updates. When patients are eligible for a vaccine through our automatic lottery, they will get a message through MyChart, texts, and/or a telephone call when it is their turn. Lottery enrollment is automatic, and patients will not need to take action to be added to the pool.
Initially, we will invite current patients who are 75 and older and who live within the South Side’s 15 ZIP codes we serve to be vaccinated. After that, we will expand to those who are 65 and older and are from the same communities. Then we will expand further into the greater Chicagoland area. In all phases, we will use a lottery. We will continue to provide the vaccine in an efficient and orderly manner and are committed to using all doses provided to us. This initial distribution process, which may be revised, was developed in consultation with ethicists, health disparity experts, clinicians and many others. We look forward to expanding our patient program as public health agencies grant us permission for more widespread vaccination.
Vaccines will be given to patients in our vaccine clinic on our Hyde Park medical campus. Patients selected through our lottery will get detailed information about where to go for their appointment.
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