villivalam vax 042621WHO: State Senator Ram Villivalam, State Rep. John D’Amico, State Rep. Margaret Croke, Alderman Samantha Nugent, Commissioner Bridget Degnen, Compassionate Care Network, Jewel-Osco, Salvation Army

WHAT: COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

WHERE: Salvation Army Mayfair Community Church, 5200 N. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, IL 60630

WHEN: Thursday, April 29 at 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

CHICAGO – This Thursday at 8 a.m. local leaders and organizations will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Salvation Army Mayfair Community Church, providing 1,200 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to members of the community.

Open to all over the age of 16, regardless of residency, insurance or immigration status, this community-driven event invites those who have experienced difficulty finding vaccination appointments, particularly due to disparities in health care. Appointments will take place every 15 minutes and photo ID is required. Registration is available online, by phone at 872-208-5188 and by text at 224-592-5819.

“We need to reach out to underserved communities so they can get the help they deserve. The pandemic may have separated us, but the vaccine is bringing us together,” said Abrar Quader, Executive Director for the Compassionate Care Network (CCN), a public health non-profit which has been at the forefront of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout since early February.

“For the health and safety of our communities, it is critical that all those eligible are able to access a vaccine. This event is centered on those who have had the most difficulty doing so,” said State Senator Ram Villivalam.

Alderman Samantha Nugent also encouraged her community to register for the clinic.

“Vaccine accessibility gets us one step closer to eliminating COVID-19 and resuming normalcy,” she said.

“The Salvation Army is excited to partner in this effort to ensure our most vulnerable neighbors can access the vaccine at a location they know and trust," said Lt. Col. Lonneal Richardson, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division. "We have been here before and during the pandemic, and we will be here long after to help.”