New Chicago Program Holds First Vaccination Event In Largely Latino Belmont Cragin, Focusing On Child Care Workers
CHICAGO (CBS) — A new program kicked off Saturday to make sure in the future, those minority communities who need the vaccine most have a fair shot.
As CBS 2’s Marissa Parra reported, the race is on as Illinois await their shot of the COVID-19 vaccine – and the first steps to making that race a fair one in Chicago were taken with the official kickoff of the Protect Chicago Plus program.
“If we are going to be able to distribute this vaccine equitably, we need to go into communities that have been most negatively impacted by COVID,” said Mary Kate Daly, vice president of the Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities at Lurie Children’s Hospital.
It’s no accident that the program’s first vaccination event was held in Belmont Cragin – the neighborhood with city’s largest Latino population and also among those hardest hit by the virus.