Monday, April 05, 2021

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New Protect Chicago Plus Vaccination Clinic in South Deering

On Thursday, April 1, the City of Chicago, in partnership with Howard Brown Health, launched a temporary vaccination clinic in the South Deering community at Trumbull Park. On the site’s opening day, more than 200 Black and Latinx community members received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The site was open as part of the City’s Protect Chicago Plus initiative, which has the goal of increasing vaccine uptake in the communities that have been most greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The temporary vaccination clinic in South Deering currently serves community members from Jeffery Manor, South Deering, Calumet Heights and surrounding areas of Trumbull Park and Vets Park. First dose vaccine appointments are available Thursdays and Saturdays through April 17. After receiving their first dose, community members are encouraged to return to the same location to receive their second dose of the vaccine within three-to-four weeks.

Vaccinations are offered at no cost and by appointment only to people who live in these communities. I.D. and insurance are not required but an address will need to be provided on the day of the appointment. To learn more about vaccine eligibility at this clinic, visit
Three Generations Vaccinated at West Englewood Protect Chicago Plus Clinic

Gloria Williams accompanied nearly a dozen adult members of her family, including her 86-year-old mother, to Esperanza Health Center’s vaccination site to get their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The entire family reside in West Englewood and were vaccinated as part of the City of Chicago’s Protect Chicago Plus initiative. 

“I’ve been looking forward to this day for such a long time,” said Williams, 55, who works as a resident services coordinator for Catholic Charities and runs the Voices of West Englewood alliance of area residents and businesses. “I was so lucky to get my own vaccine already, but to see my family finally get it is the real blessing. We all live close by and my mother lives just down the street, but this is the first time we’ll all be together again. We’re doing this for each other."
The Protect Chicago Plus initiative works to ensure that vaccination rates reflect the demographics of the city, and expand vaccine access and uptake in Black and Latinx communities that have been most affected by the pandemic. Data shows that communities where the program initially launched are seeing the highest increase in vaccination rates in the city. From February 6 to March 20, the percentage of Chicagoans who have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine has doubled citywide but has more than tripled in Gage Park, South Lawndale, Belmont Cragin, Chicago Lawn, Back of the Yards, West Englewood and Archer Heights.

Esperanza opened its vaccine site at 61st and Western in early February to better reach communities that were hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, including West Englewood, Gage Park and Chicago Lawn. It currently vaccinates more than 2,300 people a week at the site, mostly people of color like Gloria and her family – and has delivered more than 40,000 vaccinations in all.
Chi COVID Coach

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Chicago Emergency Travel Order

As of March 23, Chicago's Emergency Travel Order includes 26 states:

  • Yellow list: Iowa, Ohio, Mississippi, New Mexico, Indiana, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nevada, Kansas, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Washington, California, Wyoming, Missouri, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Utah, Arizona, Texas, Nebraska, District of Columbia, and Kentucky

  • Orange list: New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Florida, Delaware, Georgia, Connecticut, Colorado, North Carolina, Vermont, Alabama, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Alaska, Virginia, New Hampshire, Idaho, Montana, Minnesota, Michigan, West Virginia, Maryland, and Maine.

The guidance for each tier is:

  • Yellow: States with a rolling 7-day average less than 15 cases/day/100k residents.
  • No quarantine or pre-arrival test required. Maintain strict masking, social distancing and avoidance of in-person gatherings

  • Orange: States have a rolling 7-day average above 15 cases/day/100k residents 
  • 10-day quarantine OR pre-arrival negative test no more than 72 hours before arrival in Chicago with strict masking, social distancing and avoidance of in-person gatherings OR
  • Be fully vaccinated, as defined as two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or two weeks after one dose of a single-dose vaccine and not have symptoms

The next update will be Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Fore more information, visit
COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Resources

All Chicagoans have full permission to copy or adapt messaging and flyers for their communications. They are free to use and no credit is needed. You may also add your logo next to the CDPH logo. We hope these documents help you answer questions from the community, prepare leadership for press briefings, update website content, write press releases, develop social media posts, and meet other communications needs.

Community groups and local businesses looking for additional COVID-19 resources including downloadable flyers and signage can visit the City's COVID-19 website and click on the Resources tab, or click here.  
For more information, visit

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