The city of Chicago will be releasing more information about centralized vaccine registration in the coming days but most residents will receive COVID-19 inoculations through their health care provider or pharmacy, public health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said Thursday.

So far, vaccines largely have been limited to health care workers and people over 75. On Monday, the city will move into a new distribution phase, referred to as 1b, by opening up inoculations for residents age 65 or older and front-line essential workers, including teachers.

In response to a question about members of the public who are anxious for a centralized sign-up, Arwady said residents should sign up for the city’s “COVID Coach” web app and keep a look out for more information in the coming days.

“We’ll be sharing as we formally move into 1b on Monday what some of that more centralized site is and there will be some very limited appointments that will be available but most people will be getting vaccine through their provider or through their pharmacy,” Arwady said at a news conference where she received her second dose of vaccine. “So ‘Chi COVID Coach’ if people are feeling very concerned about wanting to make sure they’re up to date. As we formally move into 1b, we’ll be sharing more about the centralized system but the great majority of people will get vaccine outside that centralized system. Pharmacies in addition, we’ll be sharing the information about where people will be able to register for appointments there.”

Arwady was speaking Thursday at Harry S. Truman College, one of six mass vaccination sites the city had planned to open by the end of this week. The others are at Malcolm X College, Arturo Velasquez Institute, Richard J. Daley College, Olive-Harvey College and Kennedy-King College.

Chicago has put 128,615 total doses of vaccine into arms as of Wednesday, including nonresidents who work in the city. That tally includes 96,855 first doses and 31,760 second doses, according to the city’s data.

There are four avenues for people to get vaccinated in Chicago: through a health care provider, a pharmacy, city-run mass vaccination sites or their employer. Everything will be appointment-based in phase 1b.

City officials have repeatedly said that the city’s vaccines will largely be distributed by non-city hospitals, pharmacies, and other medical care providers.

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