COVID-19 put an end to concerts last summer.  This summer, they are coming back as rates of infections decrease and vaccinations increase.  The city of Chicago is using live music as a way to motivate people to get the vaccine.  The city will be hosting a series of concerts and the only way you'll be able to get in, is if you have been vaccinated.

The Protect Chicago Music Series is an initiative that the city announced.  Attendees must have received the final dose of a two-dose vaccine or a single-dose vaccine two weeks prior to each event to be eligible to attend. Each event will be ticketed, and attendees must also bring their CDC vaccination card as proof of vaccination and matching photo ID.

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“We will never mandate that Chicagoans get a vaccine but this is a creative way to incentivize people to step up and get it, especially younger people,” said CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D. “If we’re to get out of this pandemic we need people to get vaccinated. It’s safe, it’s effective, it’s free, and it’s the best way to protect yourself, your family and your community.”

The kickoff event will take place on Saturday, May 22, in Hyde Park. For the first event, May 8 is the last date to receive a single-dose vaccine, or the second dose of a two-dose vaccine, to be eligible to attend.

Read the full press release from the city of Chicago here.

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