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The First COVID-19 Vaccinations in Chicago Were Administered Tuesday

December 15, 2020

CHICAGO — The first COVID-19 vaccinations in Chicago were administered Tuesday at a hospital on the city’s West Side.

Five health care workers, including emergency room nurses, rolled up their sleeves and received shots at Loretto Hospital. The hospital is located in the city’s Austin neighborhood, a largely Black enclave that has been hit hard by COVID-19.

There was applause after each shot was administered at the event attended by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

“You can see and feel the buzz of excitement because of this historic day,” Lightfoot said.

Despite the hopeful news, the mayor said widespread availability of a vaccine is still months away, and the public must remain vigilant. She cited an uptick in cases following Thanksgiving as people gathered with friends and family.

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