Get the COVID-19 shot Saturday on the West Side

Make an appointment now to get the COVID-19 shot at one of three West Side locations April 10. Call 773-261-3309 to get scheduled for the 4540 W. Washington, 2622 W. Jackson or 5151 W. Madison sites. All seniors, essential workers and people ages 18 to 64 with underlying health conditions are eligible to register as long as they’re Chicago residents.

Get your COVID shot Sunday

Chicago residents 18 and older are eligible to get vaccinated from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 28 at Rising Sun M.B. Church, 820 N. Central Ave. Walkups are welcome, or you can register online.

Loretto Hospital offering free colon cancer screenings this month

The West Side hospital is offering free gastrointestinal (GI) screenings for uninsured or underinsured residents of Austin and surrounding communities in March. It’s especially important that African Americans get screened, because they are 20 percent more likely to get colorectal cancer and about 40 percent more likely to die from it than most other groups. oretto will also host a Facebook Live event on colorectal health Monday, March 8 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Rethinking hospice care

JourneyCare, the city and state’s largest nonprofit offering palliative, supportive and hospice care, wants to empower West Side residents to be proactive in making end-of-life decisions. “Talking about death is difficult,” Deborah McDonald said. “Nobody wants to think about that impending moment. Being well-informed is what it’s all about.”