Protect Chicago Plus in Belmont Cragin
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) joined staff from the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood yesterday to host the first COVID-19 vaccination event under the city’s Protect Chicago Plus initiative, which is designed to ensure equity in vaccine distribution. Lurie’s clinicians were providing vaccine to over 250 daycare and childcare providers from the community at Northwest Community Church in partnership with CDPH, Northwest Side Housing Center, volunteers organized by the office of Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36th) and other Belmont Cragin community partners.
CDPH partnered with Lurie Children’s to help vaccinate these childcare providers who have been caring for babies and children throughout the pandemic so their parents could continue to work. CDPH allocated up to 300 doses of the Moderna vaccine for this event, and an additional 300 doses on March 6 so Lurie Children’s can come back to the same location to administer the second dose. Lurie Children’s offered to pilot a pop-up vaccination clinic prioritizing staff from smaller childcare centers and home daycares. In order to reach these individuals, Lurie Children’s partnered with Northwest Side Housing Center, the 36th Ward, and other community partners in Belmont Cragin. These community leaders made phone calls and rang doorbells to educate local daycare/childcare staff about the importance of being vaccinated and the opportunity to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccination from Lurie Children’s in their community.
Protect Chicago Plus pushes vaccine and city resources directly to communities, and partnering with community organizations, vaccine clinics, and strike teams in 15 high-need communities based on the City’s COVID vulnerability index.