OutbreakCoronavirus, COVID-19 and Chicago
By Laura Herbert | @RedLineProject | Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
On the road to getting as many Chicagoans vaccinated as possible, some neighborhoods are seeing higher vaccination rates than others— and it isn’t the ones with the highest case rates.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been well documented that the virus has disproportionately effected Black and Brown communities in cities throughout the United States, with Chicago being no exception. Neighborhoods on the South and West sides have seen greater case rates and death rates compared to their Northern — and largely whiter — counterparts.
But, the vaccine hasn’t seemed to reach those areas accordingly.
In 60611, an area that includes Streeterville, nearly 22% of residents have been vaccinated, while 60621, an area of similar population that includes Englewood, only just over 3% have been fully vaccinated. The former area is an almost 75% white community, while the latter is a nearly entirely Black community.
It is, of course, important to note that front line workers were prioritized in the initial vaccine rollout, which means communities were not targeted based on need according to case counts. Though months later, well past the beginnings of the first phase, the disparity remains stark.
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