COVID-19: Test Centers and Vaccine Eligibility in Chicago

Jeremiah Paprocki
1 min readMar 9, 2021

The following map show the current locations people can get a COVID-19 test in Chicago’s Cook County.

Since March 2020, the American people have waited for a solution to the COVID-19 crisis. Like everyone else in the country, Chicagoans waited for vaccines to be approved by the U.S. government to reach the state of Illinois and be distributed to citizens.

On December 15, 2020, five health care workers from Chicago received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Since then, city officials prepared an efficient rollout plan to get as many necessary citizens vaccinated.

The rollout plan began with Health Care workers. Long term health care facility residents and staff, the highest at risk of COVID-19. On January 25, 2021, the rollout was extended to non-healthcare residential setting, as well as Chicago’s elderly, those ages 65 and older. Additionally, anyone ages 18 and older with underlying health conditions can receive the vaccine as well.

There are still two more phases left in Chicago’s plan to vaccinate the city. The next phase will accept all essential workers. The last phase will open distribution to everyone 16 and older.

The map above show all the current test centers in the city for anyone wanting to get tested in order to see if they currently qualify for the vaccine. According to the City of Chicago Data Portal, there are 147 locations available and spread out through all regions of the city. Check the map to see which locations are closest to you.

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Jeremiah Paprocki

UIC Communications Student. Graduating in December 2021. Posting content for my Communication 240 Data Journalism class.