Chicago was hard hit during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic—especially in communities of color.
Throughout this crisis, Mayor Lightfoot has led with honesty, toughness, and compassion. Though Chicago was hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic—especially in Black and Brown communities—Mayor Lightfoot and her team acted quickly: securing personal protective equipment (PPE), opening testing centers, and mobilizing the city’s resources to bend the curve. Not only did her administration address COVID head on, but it also addressed the decades of disinvestment that caused such a disproportionately harmful impact in Black and Brown communities.
Through a multi-pronged effort, the Lightfoot administration:
- Created the “Racial Equity Rapid Response team” to flatten the infection curve and support disproportionately impacted Black and Brown communities.
- Opened 11 free testing centers on the South and West Sides, community clinics at City Colleges, and a mass vaccination site at the United Center.
- Increased vaccination rates in the city’s 15 most vulnerable communities through Protect Chicago Plus, which provided nearly 500,000 vaccine doses through at-home vaccinations.
- Launched a citywide effort to initiate vaccines for 77% percent of all Chicagoans, age 5 and above, before the end of 2021. Chicago reached its vaccination target in November 2021, several weeks ahead of schedule.
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