By Meredith Barack

CHICAGO (CBS) — As the Delta variant of COVID-19 rapidly spreads, efforts to get more Chicagoans vaccinated have been stepped up.

As CBS 2’s Meredith Barack reported Saturday, the Chicago Department of Public Health is now focusing on hyperlocal vaccination events. One such event was held Saturday in West Garfield Park, where fewer than 40 percent of residents have received even one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

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For that reason, the city considers residents of the community to be extremely vulnerable.

The hyperlocal events will offer vaccines at pop-ups and special events throughout the city each week, including parks, Chicago Transit Authority stops, churches, and food pantries, among other locations.
The goal is to make it as easy as possible for Chicagoans who have not yet been vaccinated to get the vaccine.

Event organizers in West Garfield Park said this won’t be the only opportunity for residents of West Garfield Park to get vaccinated this summer.

“We’ve got kind of a low vaccine rate, so we’ll be hosting five events across the summer until the end of August, and hopefully we’ll be encouraging residents to come out and take the shot,” said Angela Taylor of the Garfield Park Community Council.

As a reminder, there is no cost for a COVID vaccine, and anyone age 12 and up is eligible.

The following is the list of events for the week of July 17. Find more information on the city’s website.

Saturday, July 17

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  • Malcom X College: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Block Party – 1st Ward: 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Sheldon Heights Church of Christ: 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Garfield Park Community Council: 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • 5th District Present – Community Festival: 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 18

  • Immaculate Conception Church: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Swap-O-Rama Ashland Avenue: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Maxwell Street Market: 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Englewood Community Food Pantry & Pet Supply Drive: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Monday, July 19

  • CTA Stop – Blue Line/Belmont: 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • CTA Stop – 95th & Dan Ryan Red Line: 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • CTA Stop – 35th/Archer Orange Line: 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • CTA Stop – 119th Halsted Vax Bus Station: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, July 20

  • CPS: Chicago Vocational Career Academy: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Vaccination Station (Vax Bus) – Austin: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • After School Matters at Gately Park: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Metra Station – 115th St. and Kensington: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  

Wednesday, July 21

  • CPS: Theodore Roosevelt High School: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Food Pantry – St. Kevin Catholic Church: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Vaccination Station (Vax Bus) – Atlas Senior Center: 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • After School Matters at Millennium Park: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • CPS: Morrill Elementary School (Annex Building): 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Thursday, July 22

  • CPS: Michele Clark High School:  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • After School Matters at Lutz Family Center: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Vaccination Station (Vax Bus)– Salvation Army: 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Metra Station – 93rd Street: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Back Of The Yard Neighborhood Council: 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Movies in the Park – Wentworth Park: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • SWOP Chicago: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Friday, July 23

  • North Austin Public Library: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • CTA Stop – Brown Line/Kimball: 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • CTA Stop – 35th/Archer Orange Line: 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

New events will be added weekley to the city’s calendar.

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The city also offers in-home COVID-19 vaccinations. Appointments can be made by calling (312) 746-4835 or going to www.chicago.gov/athome.

Meredith Barack