First, there’s some good news out of the Windy City. When they initially began rolling out the vaccinations earlier this month, the participation rate among Chicago’s healthcare workers and other 1A group members was a dismal 30 percent. As of this week, that number has increased to 90%, with “vaccine hesitancy” rapidly declining as the city undergoes yet another surge in new cases and hospitalizations. But there’s never any good news without some bad news lurking around the corner, right? In this case it’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s announcement that the rollout is going so slowly that it could be some point in the summer of 2022 before they manage to vaccinate 100% of the people wishing to receive a shot. How is that even possible? (CBS Chicago)
At the rate Chicago is going one month since the first COVID-19 vaccination in the city, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says it would take a year and a half to get everyone vaccinated.
The city is now receiving less of the vaccine than when the rollout began, but inside the 1A community, those eligible for the first round of doses, more and more people are warming up to the idea of getting the shot.
“About nine out of 10 that have initially said no changed their mind,” said Dr. Afya Khan, an infection control practitioner with Loretto Hospital.
Dr. Khan is quoted as saying that the demand for vaccinations is “crazy” at this point, specifically among hospital staff. But at the same time as demand is increasing, supplies are constantly running out and people have to wait for the next shipment to arrive.