Chicago, IL COVID-19 Vaccines

Door-To-Door Outreach Is Connecting Thousands With Vaccine Information In South And West Sides, City Says

CHICAGO — More Chicagoans are learning about coronavirus vaccines as volunteers throughout the city try to help more people get their shots. The city rolled out its Vaccine Ambassador program in earlier this summer, focusing on reaching residents in 13 South and West Side neighborhoods where vaccination rates were lagging most. Residents and community organizations were trained to canvass neighborhoods, answer people’s questions, encourage them to get their shots and even help them make appointments, said Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health.
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Vaccine push renewed in LatinX neighborhoods amid rising Covid cases

CHICAGO — As COVID-19 patients overwhelm hospitals in Southern Illinois, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) is urging people to help end the pandemic by getting vaccinated. On Thursday, Durbin attended Chicago’s heavily-populated Hispanic Southwest side to push vaccinations through the American Rescue Plan with federal relief dollars that aim to help critically important community clinics get more people vaccinated.

Illinois COVID Update: IL reports 4,194 cases, 44 deaths

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois Department of Public Health officials reported 4,194 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 44 related deaths Wednesday. There have been 1,582,392 total COVID cases, including 24,451 deaths in the state since the pandemic began. The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Sept. 8-14 is...
Chicago Public Radio

Chicago’s Top Doc Answers Your COVID-19 Questions

Dr. Allison Arwady gives an update on the city’s coronavirus response and answers listener questions about vaccines, booster shots and more. GUEST: Dr. Allison Arwady, Chicago Department of Public Health commissioner.
Lexington Herald-Leader

Teacher who planned on getting vaccinated before school year dies of COVID in Illinois

A 40-year-old Illinois middle school teacher known for her motivational speeches and generosity died Monday after a two-month battle with COVID-19. Cherie Garza planned on getting vaccinated before the beginning of the school year at Crete-Monee Middle School in University Park south of Chicago, her father told WLS. But she contracted the virus in July and spent most of the last two months hospitalized.

From booster shots to mixing and matching vaccines, 5 things to know for those who got Johnson & Johnson

We know many Illinois residents who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are wondering, what’s next? Some told the Tribune they felt “half vaccinated” now that the contagious delta variant has emerged. Health officials are still collecting data on possible boosters for those who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as U.S. officials plan boosters as early as the fall. Here’s what people who ...