COVID-19 Vaccine Update Shared by the Rush COVID-19 Command Center
Rush has been working with local and city officials to begin delivering the COVID-19 vaccine to our community, following the guidelines outlined by the Chicago Department of Public Health. We have now moved into phase 1b, which includes people who are 65 and older and frontline essential workers.
Starting today, Rush University Medical Center will allow people to schedule their appointments through MyChart and rush.edu/vaccine-schedule. Moving to self-scheduling will help Rush streamline the next phases of vaccine distribution and provide our patients with the best experience.
- Vaccine eligibility will depend on Chicago Department of Public Health guidelines and vaccine availability at Rush. View the Chicago COVID-19 vaccine phasing and planning document to learn more about what we can expect with vaccine distribution in the coming months and where different types of workers fall within each vaccine phase.
- Currently, the COVID-19 vaccines are not approved for children under 16 years old, though clinical trials are underway. For now, please tell parents of younger children that the best way to protect their kids from COVID-19 is to get the vaccine themselves when it is available to them, as well as having their kids wear masks, practice social distancing and wash their hands frequently.
Vaccine Self-Scheduling Process at the Medical Center
- Patients with Rush MyChart accounts will be able to schedule at mychart.rush.edu or on the My Rush app.
- Vaccine appointments will be available as “COVID Vaccine for Eligible Patients” under Appointments > Schedule a New Appointment. To ensure that the appropriate patients receive the vaccine during phase 1b, we have questions within MyChart to determine a patient’s eligibility for the vaccine at this time. As Chicago moves to other phases of vaccine distribution, we will update the eligibility questions.
- Patients who do not have MyChart accounts can create one for free. They can visit the MyChart registration page and enter their information to create an account.
- Patients new to Rush can access vaccine scheduling options at rush.edu/vaccine. Patients who use our website to schedule will also be asked questions to determine their eligibility. If they meet the criteria for phase 1b, they will be able to schedule an appointment for a vaccine.
- Non-Rush health care workers (phase 1a) will also be eligible to self-schedule.
- Once patients have scheduled an appointment, we encourage them to create a MyChart account for a smooth check-in process and to receive the most up-to-date information about their appointment.
- If patients do not see any available appointment when they try to schedule, they can check back again soon. Additional appointment times will be added every Monday in conjunction with our weekly vaccine allocation. Schedules are currently built eight weeks out. We are also working to implement FastPass, which will provide patients notification of an earlier available appointment date and time once they schedule.
Important Reminders for Patients
- Please encourage patients to sign up for MyChart if they do not already have an account so they can easily schedule their vaccination appointment when it is their turn. Patients can go to rush.edu for instructions on how to sign up for MyChart.