CHICAGO — The city has a new goal: Get 77 percent of residents 12 and older at least partially vaccinated by the end of the year.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, announced the target at a Thursday news release. The city will do outreach in every community area and find ways to encourage businesses and residents to get their shots and talk to others about getting theirs.
“I’d like to see everybody fully vaccinated by end of the year, but I’m gonna settle for one dose,” Lightfoot said.
Seventy-seven percent isn’t a “magic number” that will signal herd immunity, Arwady said, but it is symbolic of the 77 community areas in the city. The city’s “stretch goal” is getting 77 percent of eligible residents fully vaccinated, Arwady said.
“We get past COVID as a city by being unified on this and by having all Chicagoans take that 77 pledge: ‘I’ll get vaccinated. And that’s not enough. I’ll go beyond; I’ll reach out,'” Arwady said. “I do not want you thinking we are done vaccinating here in Chicago. Because this is how we are going to get through the winter.”
People will be able to track the city’s progress online, and the city will share stories of people who were hesitant but got the shots, Lightfoot said. The city will also create videos that give tips about how individuals can talk to family and friends about getting their shots.
Businesses that require employees to get vaccinated will be able to get a badge that can be displayed, Lightfoot said.
“We are launching Protecting Chicago 77 to make sure that we emphasize the fact that we’re not out of the woods, we have more work to do and we are committed as a city to make sure that everybody gets vaccinated and nobody gets left behind,” Lightfoot said. “We gotta do more to protect our residents, and we’re committed to doing just that.”
Everyone 12 and older is eligible to get vaccinated in Chicago.
COVID-19 vaccinations are free and do not require insurance. Anyone can call the city’s coronavirus hotline at 312-746-4835 to get more information on how and where to get vaccinated in their community.
• In Illinois, about 6.97 million people — or 54.74 percent of the state’s 12.7 million people — have gotten all their COVID-19 vaccine shots, according to state data.
• Across the state, 18,920 vaccine doses are being administered per day, based on a seven-day rolling average.
• Illinois and Chicago have administered at least 14,395,359 vaccine doses of the 17,156,715 provided to them.
• City data shows more than 1.54 million Chicagoans — or 57.3 percent of all residents — are fully vaccinated. Just over 62 percent of all Chicagoans have gotten at least one shot.
• Forty-four Illinoisans were reported dead from COVID-19 since Wednesday.
• At least 24,743 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,655 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.
• The state reported 3,505 cases since Wednesday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,608,825.
• Since Wednesday, 129,871 tests were reported statewide. In all, 31,042,524 tests have been reported in Illinois.
• Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate was at 3 percent. The figure represents the percentage of people testing positive among recent tests. It was at 3.2 percent Wednesday.
• Illinois’ seven-day test positivity rate, which measures the percentage of tests that were positive, was at 3.8 percent. It was at 3.9 percent Wednesday.
• As of Wednesday night, 493 people with COVID-19 were in the ICU and 240 people with COVID-19 were using ventilators in Illinois.
• In Chicago, three deaths were reported since Wednesday. There have been at least 5,741 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago. The city is seeing an average of more than four deaths per day, down 3 percent from a week ago.
• Chicago has 420 had confirmed cases reported since Wednesday. It’s had a total of 314,855 confirmed cases. An average of 422 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 5 percent decrease from the week prior.
• Testing in Chicago has increased 29 percent since a week ago.
• Chicago’s positivity rate was at 2.9 percent, down from 3.4 percent the week prior.
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