FOX32: United Center to begin mass vaccinations this week

Dr. Jain spoke with FOX32 about the latest news in the United Center opening up as a mass vaccination site!

Key points

  • We are in a race against time to get vaccines in arms before the new variants spread out of control
  • It is more important than ever to keep our masks on to avoid another surge
  • United Center is vaccinating those above 18+ with any other medical problems. Here is some information shared from the IMPACT website, where you can find all of the information you need about getting vaccinated in Illinois.
    • Register online, visit Projected to handle much higher volume of appointment requests. Zocdoc will show real-time appointment availability and eligible residents will then be able to select a date/time and book an appointment online. Date of birth will be required when booking an appointment to confirm vaccine eligibility.
    • Register by phone, call (312) 746-4835. A multilingual call center will be available to help seniors make an appointment.  This call center will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.mMonday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
    • Given the anticipated high demand for appointments, residents who can use the web site should book their appointments online. While the call center has 200 staffers, those who need to use the call center will very likely experience lengthy wait times.
  • The variants are here. More variants can develop if we don’t keep the spread controlled. Wear your masks and keep doing what you have done this last year. We are nearing the end of this pandemic, let’s not get complacent when we are so close!

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About Shikha Jain, MD FACP

I am a practicing, board-certified hematology/oncology physician in Chicago. I speak on topics ranging from the impact of social media on healthcare, how physicians can utilize social media, how to write Op-eds in the medical world, gender equity and barriers to career advancement, and topics in GI oncology and immunotherapy. My goal is to explain complicated topics in simple terms. I also enjoy writing and you can find some of my writing on this site. I am a mother to three amazing kids and married to a gastroenterologist. I look forward to connecting with you.

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