CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday touted enhancements to town’s push to get extra COVID-19 vaccines within the arms of minority residents among the many hardest hit by the coronavirus disaster.
Early within the metropolis’s rollout of vaccines, which centered on well being care employees and nursing dwelling workers and residents, about 18 p.c of photographs had been administered to Black and Hispanic residents.
In the final week, about half of all vaccine doses got to Black and Hispanic Chicagoans, metropolis officers mentioned.
“Over the past month, we have doubled down on our efforts to not only drive vaccines into communities that need them most but ensure that our vaccination rates match the demographics of our city,” Lightfoot mentioned in a press release.
“The significant progress we have made is undoubtedly thanks to our equity-based vaccine strategy—which includes a number of initiatives, individuals, organizations and community engagement tactics. Though we still have a long way to go before we can fully achieve equity, this progress serves as an important reminder that the surest path to truly recovering and healing from this terrible pandemic is one that is built with equity at its foundation.”
Since vaccinations first arrived in Chicago, Hispanic folks had been administered about 18 p.c of the preliminary photographs. Black residents acquired 19 p.c of first doses, and white folks received 41 p.c. Nearly 7 p.c of first dose photographs got to Asian folks, about 12 p.c of vaccine recipients had been unknown, in response to metropolis knowledge. Chicago’s inhabitants is about 50 p.c white, 30 p.c Black and 29 p.c Hispanic, according to U.S. Census data.
Chicago public well being commissioner Dr. Alison Arwady mentioned the vaccine distribution knowledge corresponds with “good progress” reducing case charges in minority communities which have suffered probably the most.
Lightfoot touted the enhancements at a information convention that began together with her receiving a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
“This is the way that we will get our lives and city back to normal,” Lightfoot mentioned. “The vaccine is so important to the health and well-being of our city.”