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DePaul Employees Are Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments

March 22, 2021 

DePaul employees,

In the last year, we have all made sacrifices for the sake of health and safety. Now, with great gratitude and relief, I am asking you to participate in the national COVID-19 vaccination effort to protect yourself against serious illness and death and to protect those around you.

Higher education employees in Illinois are now eligible to sign up for the vaccine. Please note, however, that the location where you may make an appointment will vary based on where you reside. Read this information closely and follow the Chicago Department of Public Health website and Illinois Department of Public Health website for updates.

All vaccinations are by appointment only. City and state officials urge patience in seeking appointments, particularly after the new eligibility periods open. While supplies are expected to increase, the demand may make it difficult to find an appointment immediately. Similarly, the limited supply precludes DePaul from hosting a vaccine clinic for the foreseeable future.

Employees who are Illinois residents are eligible today.

STARTING TODAY, March 22, employees of higher education institutions, including faculty, staff and student employees, are eligible to seek appointments at more than 900 locations in the state’s provider network.
STARTING March 29, the city of Chicago also will open appointments to employees of higher education institutions as part of its phase 1c, and Chicago residents may seek appointments at distribution sites within the city limits.

All employees are encouraged to look for a vaccination appointment through the following methods:

  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. 
  2. Through Zocdoc: Zocdoc is a centralized vaccine booking site and can be used by all employees. Note that Chicagoans may have access to different vaccination sites, including for appointments at the United Center mass vaccination site. Please visit, confirm your location and eligibility and receive real-time appointment availability.
  3. Through pharmacies: Each has its own registration system, which can be found at the following links: Walgreens,   Mariano'sWalmart and Jewel Osco. Be sure to confirm eligibility requirements as some may vary by city or county. (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.)
  4. 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 continue to give priority to those ages 65 years and older. Please reach out directly to your providers to schedule appointments.
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 a copy of DePaul payslips to print by watching these online instructions for viewing a payslip on BlueSky.

DePaul will share more information as it becomes available. Please keep your eye on Newsline and DePaul’s COVID-19 Updates and Guidance website, including the COVID-19 Vaccine webpage, for university updates. 

You may also email if you have any questions. Though appointments may be difficult to find at first, we highly encourage everyone at DePaul to be vaccinated for COVID-19 at their first opportunity.

A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D.