CHICAGO — Every Chicagoan 16 and older is now eligible to get vaccinated in Chicago.
The city is officially in Phase 2 of its vaccination campaign, opening up eligibility for the shots to everyone who is at least 16 years old. Officials are rushing to vaccinate people as quickly as possible since new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising — but the city still isn’t getting enough vaccine doses to provide everyone with their shots at once.
That means people will have to be patient and keep trying to find appointments as more open up, officials have said. But they’ve said that, by the end of May, doses will be so readily available that anyone who wants to get a shot will be able to get one.
The city is only vaccinating people 18 and older at city-run sites, but people who are 16 or 17 can get vaccinated at other places that offer Pfizer shots. Moderna is not yet approved for people 16-17 years old.
Vaccinations for younger people are still not allowed, but Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said last week she is confident the vaccines will be approved for adolescents by this summer.
City data shows 1,681,733 doses of vaccine have been administered to Chicagoans in the city, and 1,854,634 doses have been administered in the city overall. About 39.9 percent of all Chicagoans have gotten at least one shot, while 24.4 percent have completed their vaccination. Among Chicagoans 65 and older, about 63.4 percent have gotten at least one dose, while 50.9 percent have finished their vaccination.
People are still at risk from COVID-19 and will have to continue taking precautions for much of 2021, officials have said. People should keep wearing a mask, staying socially distant, washing their hands frequently, not gathering, not traveling and not having people into their home, experts have said.
In Chicago, 11 deaths and 1,178 confirmed cases were reported since Friday. There have been at least 5,097 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago and 269,124 confirmed cases, according to state data.
The city is seeing an average of four deaths per day, unchanged from the week prior. That’s the lowest that figure has been in months, Arwady previously said. During the peak of the second, fall surge in the pandemic, nearly 25 people per day were being killed by COVID-19; during the peak of the first surge in the spring, nearly 50 people were killed per day.
An average of 693 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 2 percent increase from the previous week. At the same time, testing has risen by 2 percent since a week ago.
The city’s seven-day positivity rate is at 5.6 percent, unchanged from the week before.
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