Vaccine Angel Candice Choi assists an elderly Chicagoan in receiving an in-home COVID-19 vaccine.

The Chicago Vaccine Angels was founded on an incredibly basic principle: getting vaccines to the people who need them the most. In the midst of a pandemic, when most Americans had been fairly isolated in their homes for almost a year, vaccines were finally released to the general public. Unfortunately, the vast majority (if not ALL) of locations offering COVID-19 vaccines in the greater Chicagoland area and across Illinois were only using online scheduling tools to book appointments. Ironically, this instantly made accessibility an issue for some of our most vulnerable individuals: senior citizens and essential workers. Many senior citizens simply did not have the technology skills to navigate a wide range of often clunky portals for vaccination sites, and most essential workers did not have the luxury of spending all day or half of the night vying for vaccine slots. That is where we stepped in to help.