Innovative Express Care has been awarded a contract from the Chicago Board of Education to vaccinate thousands of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers and essential staff over the next few weeks. Dedicated CPS COVID Vaccination Centers will be established at four city high school locations, aimed to vaccinate CPS employees quickly as part of the ongoing effort for teachers and students to return to school buildings.
“We are excited to partner with the Board of Education and CPS to make COVID vaccines available to all CPS staff as quickly as possible,” said Rahul Khare, MD, CEO and founder of Innovative Care. “We have vaccinated more than 8,000 patients already, including many area teachers. Innovative Care is committed to helping our community recover from COVID, and vaccines are a large part of that effort.”
CPS teachers and staff will be vaccinated in phases. Appointments are required, and staff must wait until their eligibility window to schedule their visit. Only CPS staff will be seen at the clinics. Scheduling will be done online via Innovative Express Care’s HIPAA compliant scheduling portal. Patients will also be able to pre-register online before they arrive, making their visit quick and easy. Appointments typically take just 20 minutes from arrival to completion. Vaccines are free of charge. Insurance will be billed for administering the vaccine, but patients will not pay any out-of-pocket costs.
About Innovative Care
Innovative Express Care is the urgent care practice under the medical group Innovative Care. The clinic opened in 2015, and has been instrumental in fighting COVID since the virus hit Chicago in March 2020. The clinic has administered more than 300,000 COVID tests to date, and 8,000 COVID vaccines to date. Innovative Express Care currently operates four dedicated COVID clinics, which will increase to eight with the addition of the CPS Vaccination Centers.