CHICAGO (CBS) — Greater than 1,000,000 and a half doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have now been given out in Illinois, together with greater than 69,000 Wednesday alone.
Groups from FEMA will even assist out with appointments at mass vaccination websites in Prepare dinner County.
However an absence of vaccines is inflicting Prepare dinner County to shorten hours on the Tinley Park Conference Heart, Triton Faculty and South Suburban Faculty. That scarcity so severe that when Governor JB Pritzker introduced an enlargement of who’s in group 1B, Prepare dinner County and Chicago mentioned they will’t probably do the identical.
CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra appeared into the rationale why.
For these combating most cancers, residing with COPD and different situations, Governor Pritzker’s announcement means they’ll be eligible for the vaccine by the tip of the month. But it surely won’t apply to the biggest county or metropolis within the state of Illinois.
“Beginning out when she was youthful, Tiahna can have ache each day.”
You wouldn’t comprehend it, within the smiling photos TaLana Hughes shared, however her 18-year-old daughter Tiahna is battling sickle cell illness.
The Hughes’ dedication is greater than private. TaLana is Govt Director of Chicago’s Sickle Cell Disease Association of Illinois.
So think about her pleasure Wednesday when Governor Pritzker introduced it was one among 10 situations within the enlargement of vaccination part 1B that might begin within the state February 25th.
“To see that, with the enlargement occurring and truly together with sickle cell illness, it’s thrilling. It’s sort of a small win,” Hughes mentioned.
Small, as a result of it’s not necessary. It gained’t apply to her daughter or anybody with these situations residing in Prepare dinner County or town of Chicago.
“Whereas different components of the state could also be prepared to maneuver to the following part, Chicago and Prepare dinner County usually are not.”
Prepare dinner County Board President Toni Preckwinkle together with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot mentioned Thursday they’ve chosen to not do it, because of an absence of provide to satisfy the demand of what they consider is 1,000,000 extra individuals.
“We’re equally as pissed off because the group with the shortage of vaccine,” Preckwinkle mentioned. However we’ll proceed to face up websites to have the ability to instantly reply when there’s extra vaccine out there within the weeks and months forward.”
“As a corporation, we’ve already began a few of these conversations.”
So the wait continues for the Hughes’ and their sickle cell group. However they’ll be prepared as quickly as they’re referred to as.
“It’s thrilling and we’re extraordinarily hopeful,” Hughes mentioned.
Individuals with disabilities usually are not talked about on this checklist, however Governor Pritzker has mentioned they are going to be prioritized and that the checklist continues to be topic to alter, in keeping with his workplace.