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.

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As Chicago school officials come to re-opening agreement with teachers, remote learning struggles continue

CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools is finally heading back to the classroom… sort of. After months of intense negotiations between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union, the CTU voted Feb. 11 to accept the district’s re-opening plan to slowly phase students back into schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the resolution passed with 68% approval, many, including the union’s president, voted to pass it only because they thought it was the best deal they were going to get. “Let me be clear.