As Chicago makes progress in rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine, residents share their immunization experiences
As vaccination rates have improved over recent weeks, many essential workers in Chicago are getting their opportunity to protect themselves from COVID-19. The city is currently in Phase 1B Plus of its vaccine rollout plan, meaning only residents 65 and older, essential front-line workers, and those 16 and up with underlying conditions are eligible to receive a dose. Illinois, like many other states, had trouble with the rollout at first, resulting in large discrepancies in vaccine administration by race and income, especially in its largest city.
Walgreens is one of the primary locations for Chicago residents to receive their vaccine once they are eligible. Dozens of locations across the city have become an integral part of the rollout effort. According to the City of Chicago’s website, during its first week of vaccinations, only 18% of the total doses administered were given to Black and Latino citizens, who together make up 59% of Chicago’s population.