United Center opens as COVID-19 mass vaccination site despite early confusion: ‘We are now a live clinic’

A federally run mass vaccination site at the United Center opened — an hour behind schedule — Tuesday morning amid widespread confusion over ever-shifting guidelines for who is eligible to receive coronavirus inoculations at the facility, announced with much fanfare 10 days earlier as a new option for residents across Illinois who qualify due to age, occupation or medical condition. The delay in opening led to more than a hundred people standing wrapped around two blocks, with some chatting about who they know who has been vaccinated and others frantically flagging down a volunteer to ask whet…

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