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City Workers Have Until Friday To Get Vaccinated And Meet Lightfoot’s Deadline

Mayor Lori Lightfoot's vaccine mandate has proven controversial, but she's said the Oct. 15 deadline is still the plan.

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are administered by Jewel-Osco pharmacists to union workers at the IUOE Local 399 union hall ahead of Vice President Kamala Harris's visit to discuss vaccine rollouts and union work in Chicago on April 6, 2021.
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CHICAGO — City workers only have until Friday to get their final dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

The city is requiring its workers to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 15 — and to fulfill the mandate, they must have had at least two weeks pass since getting their second dose of a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or only dose of the Johnson & Johnson dose. That means they need to get the shots by Friday.

Workers are asked to submit their vaccination proof on a COVID-19 vaccine portal.

The mandate has proven controversial, with the Fraternal Order of Police — the largest union representing police officers in Chicago — saying it opposes the measure. The Chicago Federation of Labor also criticized the mandate when Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced it, saying the measure could “harden opposition to the vaccine.”

But Lightfoot has insisted the mandate is still a go — while criticizing the police union for not negotiating with the city over the measure.

“The only way that we can really, truly maximize safety in the workplace” is through vaccines, Lightfoot said at a news conference last week.

At that news conference, Lightfoot said she hoped the city would reach an agreement with unions on vaccinating workers — but said the Fraternal Order of Police is a “different breed” of union.

“I just urge every single member of the Chicago Police Department to step up and do your part to protect yourself, protect your family, protect your community by getting fully vaccinated as quickly as possible,” Lightfoot said.

Vaccinations:

• In Illinois, about 7 million people — or 55.11 percent of the state’s 12.7 million people — have gotten all their COVID-19 vaccine shots, according to state data.

• Across the state, 22,217 vaccine doses are being administered per day, based on a seven-day rolling average.

• Illinois and Chicago have administered at least 14,502,329 vaccine doses of the 17,218,515 provided to them.

• City data shows more than 1.55 million Chicagoans — or 57.6 percent of all residents — are fully vaccinated, and 62.8 percent of all Chicagoans have gotten at least one shot.

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.

The numbers:

• Thirty-two Illinoisans were reported dead from COVID-19 since Monday.

• At least 24,892 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,676 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.

• The state reported 2,375 cases since Monday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,621,175.

• Since Monday, 73,596 tests were reported statewide. In all, 31,583,839 tests have been reported in Illinois.

• Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate was at 2.5 percent. The figure represents the percentage of people testing positive among recent tests. It was at 2.5 percent Monday.

• Illinois’ seven-day test positivity rate, which measures the percentage of tests that were positive, was at 3.1 percent. It was at 3.2 percent Monday.

• As of Monday night, 455 people with COVID-19 were in the ICU and 253 people with COVID-19 were using ventilators in Illinois.

• In Chicago, 11 deaths were reported since Monday. There have been at least 5,768 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago. The city is seeing an average of more than three deaths per day, down 24 percent from a week ago.

• Chicago has 175 had confirmed cases reported since Monday. It’s had a total of 316,349 confirmed cases. An average of 369 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 16 percent decrease from the week prior.

• Testing in Chicago has increased 6 percent since a week ago.

• Chicago’s positivity rate was at 2.6 percent, down from 2.9 percent the week prior.

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