Wrigley Field To Be A Mass Vaccination Site

The city of Chicago announced Thursday that part of Wrigley Field will be used for a mass COVID vaccination site. Gallagher Way, just to the west of the ballpark, will be turned into a clinic. CBS 2's Tara Molina reports.

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IRIKA SARGENT: More breaking news. Now just into the newsroom, the city announcing late today part of Wrigley Field will be used for a mass vaccination site. Gallagher Way, just to the west of the ballpark, will be turned into a clinic. That's where we find CBS2's Tara Molina. And Tara, it opens very soon.

TARA MOLINA: Really soon, Irika. Thousands can start getting vaccinated at this site starting Monday, April 5th, just days after opening day for the Cubs. That's coming up this Thursday here at Wrigley Field. Advocate Aurora Health will run the mass vaccination site here at the American Airlines Conference Center at Gallagher Way, ready to handle 2,000 doses a day, by appointment only, starting April 5th, just days after baseball and fans returned to Wrigley Field Thursday.

With 20% allowed back inside, that's 8,294 masked Cubs fans, excitement is building here. But with that excitement comes a message from the city-- a warning.

ROSA ESCARENO: Baseball's here, but do not let your guard down.

TARA MOLINA: Rosa Escareno, the city's commissioner of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, told me this already went out to all bars and restaurants in this area.

ROSA ESCARENO: Wear your masks, be seated at all times, and that social distance is so important.

TARA MOLINA: With COVID-19 cases on the rise in young adults 18 to 29, opening day and fans in Wrigleyville will have this office's eyes on them all day Thursday, city enforcement that, we're told, will continue through the season.

ROSA ESCARENO: They know what we are expecting of them.

TARA MOLINA: There's a second mass vaccination site opening up at Chicago State University. They'll be able to accommodate 1,200 walk-ups and 1,000 drive-throughs for six days a week. Those, also, are appointment only. We're told both sites will have appointments opening up on Zocdoc near the end of this week. Reporting live outside Wrigley Field, I'm Tara Molina, CBS2 News.

TARA MOLINA: And here is why it is so important to get shots in arms. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted out this stern warning for a northwest side neighborhood. On Twitter, she called out Jefferson Park, claiming it has a staggering COVID positivity rate of 8%, that's almost double Illinois's case positivity rate, creeping up to 3.4% now. The rate hasn't been this high since early February. Illinois is averaging more than 2,400 cases a day, that's a more than 30% increase over one week ago.