CHICAGO – Top health officials on Tuesday announced new efforts to get more people vaccinated and boosted in the city of Chicago.
The Chicago Department of Public Health says now is not the time for people to become negligent as hospital admissions across Illinois remain at record highs.
“Hospital admissions remain at the highest point we see. We continue to have capacity even though hospitals are very stretched,” said CDPH Health Commissioner Dr. Allision Arwady. “18 percent of our non-ICU beds throughout the city are open. Ten percent of our intensive care units are open. “
Dr. Arwady updated the public on Tuesday as the city of Chicago has 4,793 confirmed cases of COVID-19 a day, with a positivity of 18.9%.
“We have an average of 1,562 Chicago residents hospitalized with COVID outside the ICU,” Arwady said. “For the ICU, we have an average of 312 Chicagoans in the hospital with COVID on the ICU.”
The Department of Health hopes to bring the number down by expanding family vaccination clinics at City Colleges in Chicago.
“It’s about protecting the hospital. All they need is a COVID test to say you can sit here for hours or you can walk a block to get a COVID test, ”said Arwady. “That’s where we put that kind of resources.”
The mass vaccination events will offer COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines for children and booster doses to qualified Chicagoans. The clinics at City Colleges will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is required. Anyone from the age of 12 and up can receive a dose at least five months after your first series of Pfizer or Moderna and at least two months after an initial dose of Johnson & Johnson. Clinic dates are as follows:
- Saturday, January 22 – Richard J. Daley College, 7500 S Pulaski Rd.
- Sunday, January 23 – Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N Narragansett Ave.
- Saturday, January 29 – Kennedy-King College, 6301 S Halsted St.
- Sunday, January 30 – Olive-Harvey College, 10001 S Woodlawn Ave.
- Saturday, February 5 – Truman College, 1145 W Wilson Ave.
- Sunday, February 6 – Malcolm X College, 1900 W Jackson Blvd.
- Saturday, February 12 – Richard J. Daley College, 7500 S Pulaski Rd.
- Sunday, Feb. 13 – Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N Narragansett Ave.
- Saturday, February 19 – Kennedy-King College, 6301 S Halsted St.
- Sunday, February 20 – Olive-Harvey College, 10001 S Woodlawn Ave.
- Saturday, February 26 – Truman College, 1145 W Wilson Ave.
- Sunday, February 27 – Malcolm X College, 1900 W Jackson Blvd.
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Arwady says that especially in the colder months and through the current omicron rise, it is crucial that all eligible Chicagoans receive their covid-19 vaccine and booster.
“There are an average of 167 people right now on COVID-19 respirators in Chicago hospitals,” Arwady said. “Almost all of them are infected with the omicron variant, and almost all of them are people who have not been vaccinated.”
Arwady says those on the fence about dosing can look at CDPH’s home vaccination program, “Protect Chicago at Home.” The program offers pediatric vaccination for all children ages 5 to 11 and vaccination or boosters for anyone ages 12 and up.
“We’re starting to see a smoothing of the increase, let’s say, where we look at things like cases and positivity, and it’s important that when we talk about cases and positivity, they go the same way,” Arwady said. “If the positivity was sky high and the cases were down, it would tell me that no one was tested. We are following these two together, and the fact that over the last few days we have gone from seeing a doubling, doubling, doubling huge increases in both of these to a flattening, at least of both of them, suggests that at the population level, we are not so dramatic of an increase. ”
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