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COVID-19 Vaccine

Updated April 9, 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.

The vaccine supply is still limited, and the city of Chicago is focused on providing vaccines based on equity and public health priorities, which precludes DePaul from hosting a vaccine clinic at this time. While DePaul continues our work on ensuring all in our community have access to the vaccine, everyone in the university community is encouraged to begin seeking a vaccine appointment as soon as they are eligible.

Have any questions?

Call DePaul at (773) 325-3221. This hotline is answered by DePaul staff, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call takers can help answer questions on vaccine eligibility and appointment locations. Please note call takers will NOT book appointments for you. You can also email

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 COVID-19 vaccine.

  • On March 22, the state of Illinois opened eligibility to higher education employees on March 22 at more than 900 sites in the state’s provider network.
  • On March 29, the city of Chicago opened COVID-19 vaccine appointments to higher education employees as part of phase 1c of its distribution plan. The opening of phase 1c means Chicago residents who are eligible under this phase have access to a wider network of sites, in addition to those offered through the state.
  • Starting April 12, Illinois residents ages 16 and over become eligible to receive the vaccine under the state of Illinois' plan.
  • Starting April 19, Chicago residents 16 and over are expected to become eligible. However, Chicago residents in this category can search for appointments outside of Chicago on April 12. Make sure to check residency requirements for all appointments.

How to schedule a vaccine appointment

There are multiple ways to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, but ALL require an appointment. There are currently no walk-in vaccinations. City and state officials urge patience in seeking appointments, particularly after new eligibility periods open. The demand may make it difficult to find an appointment immediately.

Vaccination appointments are available through the following methods.

For Chicago residents

Employees who are Chicago residents can seek appointments at city points of distribution sites, known as PODS. These sites are only available to Chicago residents and are by appointment only via Zocdoc.

Zocdoc is a centralized vaccine booking site and can be used by all employees who are city residents. Please visit, confirm your location and eligibility and receive real-time appointment availability. Zocdoc also is the only way to access appointments at the city's mass vaccination sites.

The city has published this list of documents that one can provide to prove residency for the city-supported sites.

For Illinois residents

All employees who are Illinois residents, including Chicago residents, can seek appointments:

  1. Through state- and county-run distribution sites: You can search for locations on the Illinois Department of Public Health website. Illinois residents who don't have access to online services or need assistance navigating them can call the toll-free IDPH hotline at (833) 621-1284 to book an appointment. For most mass vaccination sites, appointments for eligible individuals can be booked through the IDPH website or through links provided within the list of statewide locations.
  2. Through pharmacies. Each has its own registration system which can be found at the following links: (DePaul 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.)
  3. 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.

In addition, anyone age 16 and over can be vaccinated in Indiana, regardless of residence, following a recent change in eligibility in that state. To register in Indiana, go to the Indiana COVID-19 Vaccine Program website or call 866-211-9966 if you do not have access to a computer or need assistance.

Proof of eligibility

Many locations may not ask for proof of eligibility, but to be safe, please bring your DePaul faculty/staff ID. Student employees may bring a copy of their payslip to show employment. Learn how to access and print a copy of DePaul payslips by watching this instructional BlueSky video.

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 DePaul COVID-19 Vaccine Update from Newsline (April 9, 2021)
DePaul's Vaccine FAQs
Facts about COVID-19 vaccines (City of Chicago)
Eligibility for veterans at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

Chicago residents

Other Illinois residents

Non-Illinois residents

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

Zoom b​ackgrounds

Show how you Take Care, DePaul by getting the COVID-19 vaccine once eligible. Then use these image backgrounds for your Zoom meetings and webinars. Visit to learn how to use custom background images. Click the images below and your selected background will open in a new browser tab. Right click the full-size photo and select “save image as...” to download the file.

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