The University of Chicago is supporting vaccine distribution, in close coordination with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and UChicago Medicine (UCM).
COVID-19 Vaccination – Current Distribution Schedule for Chicago
Effective January 25, Chicago is now in Phase 1b of COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The City’s current distribution plan is:
- Phase 1b: Began January 25
- Phase 1c: Begins March 29
- Phase 2: Anticipated to begin between May 1 and May 31 in Chicago (Depending on vaccine supply)
People eligible for vaccination in Phase 1b included teachers and other employees at N-12 schools, and people age 65 and over. Most University personnel as well as people ages 16-64 with certain medical conditions that put them at higher risk of serious health outcomes from COVID-19 will be eligible for vaccination during Phase 1c, and everyone 16 and older will be eligible during Phase 2.
UChicago Vaccine Distribution for Phase 1c and Phase 2
Starting March 29, 2021, the University will operate a dedicated vaccine clinic for University personnel in collaboration with UCM. We expect to continue UChicago Medicine’s use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, subject to availability. The vaccine requires two doses approximately 3 weeks apart.
In order to provide a steady rollout to our large campus community, vaccinations will proceed according to waves as decided through the University’s vaccine allocation plan, as follows:
- Individuals who have self-identified as having certain high-risk medical conditions will be the first group to receive an email to schedule a Phase 1c vaccine appointment. This applies to eligible employees, affiliates, contractors, and students.
- University employees (beyond those who identified as having a high-risk condition), will be the next group eligible to make appointments. Eligible individuals will be notified in batches over a period of weeks to avoid exceeding our clinic capacity and vaccine availability at any one time.
- Eligible contractors and affiliates will be able to schedule vaccination appointments later in Phase 1c.
- Students who fulfill Spring Quarter paid duties for which they receive a University paycheck for wages and will be issued an IRS W-2 tax form by the University will be eligible for vaccination in phase 1c.
- Most students will be eligible for vaccination as part of Phase 2.
For information on scheduling appointments at the University’s vaccine clinic, please reference the vaccination scheduling guide.
Vaccine Access in Chicago and Illinois
The city has cautioned that the tempo of vaccine rollout will continue to depend on vaccine supply. Our goal is to vaccinate all eligible University community members as quickly as possible, but the pace of vaccinations will depend on several factors, including phasing requirements, vaccine supply, how many people choose to get vaccinated, and the capacity of our on-campus vaccine clinic.
We encourage all members of the University community to be vaccinated at the earliest opportunity, whether through our dedicated vaccine clinic or through other providers. The City of Chicago has posted a vaccination finder to help eligible individuals locate sites with available appointments.
According to CDC and Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) policy, most students will not be eligible for vaccination in Chicago until Phase 2, which is currently estimated to begin in May, subject to vaccine availability in Chicago. Although the State of Illinois recently announced plans for all residents 16 and older outside Chicago to get a COVID-19 vaccination beginning April 12, the City of Chicago comprises a separate public health jurisdiction and receives a separate vaccine supply from the federal government, and sets its own rules for vaccine distribution.
Additional information is available on the UChicago Medicine website and through the following links:
- COVID-19 vaccination Q&A with Dr. Stephen Weber
- COVID-19 vaccination video Q&A with Dr. Monica Peek and Dr. Stephen Weber
- How vaccines work
- The different types of vaccines
- How vaccines are made
- The FDA vaccine approval process
If you have further questions, please call our information hotline at 773.795.5374. Please do not call the main UCM Call Center. Any scheduling changes should be made through MyChart.