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COVID-19 Vaccine

Updated Feb. 25, 2021

DePaul encourages all eligible faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 at their first opportunity. The vaccines are safe, and our best hope for ending the pandemic.

Vaccine Eligibility for DePaul Faculty, Staff and Students

The university is working closely with the city to help our students, faculty and staff access the vaccine. Employees in Chicago's phase 1b have been notified of their options.

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has indicated to DePaul that faculty and staff members who work in higher education are projected to be included in phase 1c. While the city estimates phase 1c could begin March 29, its vaccination distribution timeline is subject to change.

Phase 1c is expected to include all university employees, regardless of their classification as faculty or staff, and student employees whose work requires them to be on campus. We expect further clarification from the city as more supplies become available and we get close to phase 1c, especially as it pertains to student employees.

Students living in Chicago are expected to become eligible in phase 2.

Distribution Schedule in Chicago

The city's vaccination timeline is subject to change and is dependent on the city receiving increasingly larger quantities of the vaccine. While the state expanded vaccine eligibility to Illinoisans with serious medical conditions on Feb. 25, the city is not receiving enough of the vaccine to do so. Read more about this on the city's website or in the Chicago Tribune.

Phase 1a: Began Dec. 15

  • Healthcare workers
  • Long-term care facility residents and staff

Phase 1b: Began Jan. 25

  • Chicagoans age 65 and older
  • Nonhealthcare residential settings, such as homeless shelter and correctional facilities (does not include university residence halls)
  • Frontline essential workers

Phase 1c: Tentatively begins March 29

  • All other essential workers, including university faculty and staff
  • Chicagoans age 16-64 with underlying health conditions

Phase 2: Tentatively begins May 31

  • All Chicagoans 16 and older

How to Get Vaccinated

Only people who fall under the city's phase 1a or 1b can schedule vaccine appointments at this time. Appointments for phase 1c are not available. DePaul faculty, staff or students who fall under a current phase should seek a vaccine:

  1. Through your health care provider, including your primary care provider, health clinic, or hospital where you have received medical care in the past. Please note that most health care providers will be giving priority to those ages 65 years and older. Please reach out directly to your providers to schedule appointments.
  2. Through pharmacies - each has its own registration system which can be found at the following links: Walgreens, Mariano's, Walmart, and Jewel Osco. (DePaul University and the City of Chicago do not endorse any of the listed pharmacies. This list is provided only as a convenience. See the full disclaimer from the City of Chicago here.)

If you live outside of Chicago, please check your local public health website to learn about potential vaccine information and notification efforts. 

Keep in mind that the vaccine is only one part of preventing the spread of COVID-19.  Please continue to wear a face mask and practice social distancing—even if you have been vaccinated—to help Take Care DePaul.

Additional vaccine resources

Latest COVID-19 Vaccine Update from Newsline (Feb. 11, 2021)
DePaul's Vaccine FAQs
Facts about COVID-19 vaccines (City of Chicago)

For Chicago residents

For other Illinois residents

For non-Illinois residents

Check your state's public health agency's website.