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89% Of Chicago City Workers Have Reported Their COVID Vaccination Status — But Police Still Lag

Thirty-five officers have been put on no-pay status as a result of refusing to report their status, Supt. David Brown said Monday.

An officer walks into Chicago Police Department headquarters in October 2021.
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CHICAGO — More than 89 percent of city workers have reported their COVID-19 vaccination status, according to data released by the city Monday.

The Police Department remains the only city agency to significantly lag, with 77.89 percent of its employees having reported if they’re vaccinated. Thirty-five officers have been put on no-pay status as a result of refusing to report their status, Supt. David Brown said Monday.

All other city departments have a reporting compliance rate of 85.67 percent or higher. The Fire Department, which was the second-least compliant agency when the vaccine reporting mandate was introduced, has now had more than 92 percent of its employees report their status.

Of the city employees who have reported their status, 81 percent are fully vaccinated, according to the data. Among Police Department employees who have reported their status, 77.6 percent are fully vaccinated.

The mandate has faced controversy from some corners — particularly the Police Department. The Fraternal Order of Police has encouraged officers to deny the mandate. The city and union have filed dueling lawsuits against each other.

Last week, a Cook County judge temporarily halted a portion of the city’s vaccine mandate for police officers.

Officers must still follow some parts of the mandate: They must report their status and get tested if they are not fully vaccinated, or the city can discipline them. But the Dec. 31 deadline for actually getting the shots is on hold pending negotiations between the Fraternal Order of Police and the city.

Since the reporting aspect of the mandate went into effect Oct. 15, the number of officers put on no-pay status has been as high as 50, Brown said at a news conference Monday. But some have come back and complied, which is why just 35 are being disciplined for now.

Vaccinations:

• In Illinois, about 7.3 million people — or 57.63 percent of the state’s 12.7 million people — are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to state data.

• Across the state, 52,987 vaccine doses are being administered per day, based on a seven-day rolling average.

• Illinois and Chicago have administered at least 16,096,433 vaccine doses of the 19,046,555 provided to them.

• City data shows more than 1.6 million Chicagoans — or 60.3 percent of all residents — are fully vaccinated, and 65.5 percent of all Chicagoans have gotten at least one shot.

Everyone 5 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-eight Illinoisans were reported dead from COVID-19 since Friday.

• At least 25,986 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,891 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.

• The state reported 7,359 cases since Friday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,720,345.

• Since Friday, 348,010 tests were reported statewide. In all, 36,457,609 tests have been reported in Illinois.

• Illinois’ seven-day case positivity rate was at 2.2 percent. The figure represents the percentage of people testing positive among recent tests. It was at 2.1 percent Friday.

• Illinois’ seven-day test positivity rate, which measures the percentage of tests that were positive, was at 2.6 percent. It was at 2.5 percent Friday.

• As of Sunday night, 298 people with COVID-19 were in the ICU and 158 people with COVID-19 were using ventilators in Illinois.

• In Chicago, two deaths were reported since Friday. There have been at least 5,922 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago. The city is seeing an average of more than two deaths per day, down 36 percent from a week ago.

• Chicago has had 1,217 confirmed cases reported since Friday. It’s had a total of 331,031 confirmed cases. An average of 343 confirmed cases are being reported per day, up 16 percent from the week prior.

• Testing in Chicago is down 3 percent since a week ago.

• Chicago’s positivity rate was at 1.9 percent, up from 1.6 percent the week prior.

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