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COVID-19 vaccine update

COVID-19 vaccine
(DePaul University/Randall Spriggs)

Soon all Illinois residents ages 16 and over will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine under the state and city of Chicago vaccine distribution plans.

DePaul employees, including faculty, staff and student employees, already are eligible for the vaccine under state and city of Chicago guidelines. When eligibility expands, the remaining DePaul students who were not eligible under earlier distribution phases can begin seeking an appointment.

More than 80 counties in Illinois have opened vaccination appointments to all individuals age 16 and older. Residency criteria vary by county. Visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website for the list of those counties.

Beginning Monday, April 12, the remaining Illinois counties, not including Chicago, will open eligibility to ages 16 and over. 

Beginning Monday, April 19, Chicago will expand eligibility to residents ages 16 and over.

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 its work on ensuring all in campus community has access to the vaccine, everyone in the university community is encouraged to begin seeking a vaccine appointment as soon as they are eligible.   

There are multiple ways to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, but all require an appointment. There are currently no walk-in vaccinations.

Eligible 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. This centralized vaccine booking site 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 vaccinations sites.

Illinois residents, including Chicago residents, also can seek appointments:

  • Through state- and county-run distribution sites: You can search for locations on the IDPH website. Illinois residents who do not 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 IDP​H website or through links provided within the list of statewide locations.
  • Through pharmacies: Each has its own registration system, which can be found at the following links: 
    • Walgreens or (800) 925-4733
    • Mariano's
    • Walmart or (833) 886-0023; Option 1
    • Jewel Osco or (877) 723-3929
    • CVS
      Be sure to confirm eligibility requirements as some may vary by city or county. Please note, 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.
  • Through your health care provider, including your primary care provider, health clinic or hospital where you have received medical care in the past. Providers are reaching out directly to schedule appointments with their existing patients. Please note most health care providers will continue to give priority to those ages 65 years and older. 

Additionally, 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 or call (866) 211-9966 if you do not have access to a computer or need assistance.

For more information, visit DePaul's COVID-19 Vaccine webpage​.

​Have any questions? Call DePaul at (773) 325-3221. DePaul staff answer the hotline 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 also can email