City Announces Protect Chicago Plus

City Announces Protect Chicago Plus

Jan 25, 2021


City Announces Protect Chicago Plus

City Announces Protect Chicago Plus

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and CDPH announced Protect Chicago Plus, the plan guiding the City’s vaccine distribution to ensure that vaccine reaches the individuals and communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially Black and Latinx residents. Also, Dr. Allison Arwady gave Mayor Lighfoot received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at St Bernard Hospital.

About Protect Chicago Plus
Protect Chicago has been the guiding plan in the City’s response to the pandemic, and recently the City launched the Protect Chicago Plus program to guide vaccine distribution and ensure vaccine reaches communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan includes three main strategies:
  1. It targets 15 high-need communities based on the City’s COVID vulnerability index, to ensure that a significant part of the City’s vaccine supply goes to these communities.
  2. It pushes vaccine and City resources directly to these communities, partnering with community stakeholders to develop tailored engagement strategies, vaccine clinics and strike teams to reach deep into the communities and touch those who may be disconnected from more traditional vaccine administration channel.
  3. It works with community stakeholders to identify settings and groups where vaccine access will most quickly decrease COVID transmission risk and removes barriers to vaccinating these individuals as quickly as possible.
Protect Chicago Plus builds on the work of Mayor Lightfoot’s Racial Equity Rapid Response Team, an initiative that was integral to the city in deploying resources to the communities most in need throughout the pandemic. The program includes partnerships with community-based organizations and social service agencies, faith communities, and City Council members to host vaccination events.