A source told the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that as state vaccine supplies increase, federal, state, and local officials are expected to announce on Friday that the joint center mass vaccination site will open on March 10.
Since the Bulls and Blackhawks are still playing in the United Center, the arena itself will not be used. Instead, parking lots will be used for traffic and pedestrian vaccination.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Defense will be the first to operate the site, with a special focus on the vaccination of minority populations with relatively slow vaccination doses.
You can take 5,000 to 7,000 photos per day, which is very important when you consider that the city of Chicago currently receives about 8,300 doses per day.
“What you see here is actually increasing the vaccination rate in the city by about 50% to 70%, which is very, very important.”
However, Mahmassani said that if the goal is to attract more people in more parts of the city, the central area may not be the best way to use resources.
Mahmassani said: “Compared to having one facility that can vaccinate 7,000 people, I think it is more effective to have seven facilities that vaccinate 1,000 people every day.”
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The crew cleared the snow-covered parking lot on Thursday night to prepare for the arrival of heavy equipment.
“They are ready, they are ready to do all the necessary work to attract people in and out of the vaccine,” said Ward Ald, No. 27. Said Walter Burnett. “You have a lot of good traffic on highways and trains. You have two train systems, the green and blue lines, and buses. You also have a community that is accustomed to the traffic.”
Governor JB Pritzker’s office said in a statement on Thursday: “Governor Pritzker believes that the Biden administration’s efforts to establish high-volume vaccination sites across the country are critical to achieving fairness. He thanked the President and his team for their cooperation. Strong cooperation. Our Cook County partner is in the City of Chicago, which is also critical to our collective success, especially as we work together to ensure that we are prepared to use the ever-increasing supply of vaccines in the fairest way. “
More detailed information on the United Center website is expected to be released on Friday.
The joint central site is one of several federal mass vaccination sites planned to be implemented nationwide. There are already others in California, New York and Texas.
Earlier this month, the Chicago Public Health Commissioner stated that the city has completed planning and conducted drills at the United Center, Wrigley Field and McCormick Place. But so far, there has not been any news that large Chicago venues have been used.
When the news is officially released on Friday morning, it is expected that there will be more detailed information about the site, including how people schedule appointments.
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Illinois announced on Wednesday that it had received more than 130,000 doses of the vaccine, the largest one-day increase so far, and a 36% increase from the previous record of 95,375 reported on February 12.
The state reported that it provided 109,220 doses to medical providers in Illinois on Wednesday. Although it is down from Tuesday’s record of 276,440, it is still higher than the record received by the state in recent days.
However, several county-level health departments have stated that although some states promise to increase vaccine supplies in a large amount soon, it may take several weeks to be eligible to expand the scope of vaccines to potential populations under 65 years of age.
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On Thursday, there was a long line outside West Leyden High School in Northlake, where 2,000 people received the first shot. There are 500 more on the waiting list. 41-year-old Jemma Cabral is one of the lucky ones.She met her at 9:15 in the morning
Cabral said: “I am a two-time cancer survivor.” “I had a stem cell transplant, so I mean, even a few years ago, I still get sick easily. So what is important to me is To be vaccinated.”
According to Illinois rules, Cabral is part of Phase 1B (Plus), which now includes anyone over the age of 16 with pre-existing disease. Thursday is the first day people like her can be vaccinated. In addition, vaccines are still very scarce, and no public health department in the region is expanding qualifications.
Dr. Allison Arwady from the Chicago Department of Public Health said: “Not only Chicago, but Cook, but also DuPage, Will and Evanston. We are not moving forward. If we turn it on, we will make people happy. Minutes, and then frustrate them because they can’t actually get a date.”
Cabral was appointed because the West Leighton Clinic was run by Albertson’s clinic. Participating grocery stores and pharmacies receive vaccines directly from the federal government and can choose to distribute them to all people who apply in accordance with state regulations.
Cabral said: “When I waited out the date of birth, I was a little worried and was not eligible. But in fact, it went smoothly and it was easy to fill in.”
Governor JB Pritzker encouraged the public health department to expand eligibility as soon as possible, saying that by mid-March, the state will receive 100,000 doses per day. This is almost twice the current amount.
In Chicago, public health officials said they still need nearly 1 million doses to cover phases 1A and 1B, and this growth is expected to be realized at least until the end of March.
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The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,884 newly confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases on Thursday, including 32 deaths.
IDPH reported a total of 1,181,226 COVID-19 cases, including 20,406 deaths.
As of Wednesday night, 1,463 patients in Illinois were reported to have entered the hospital due to COVID-19. Of these patients, 334 were in the ICU and 168 were COVID-19 in the ventilator.
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Since the beginning of the pandemic, the laboratory has reported that 91,292 samples have been tested in the past 24 hours, for a total of 17,895,829.
From February 18th to 24th, the initial seven-day test positive rate across the state was 2.7%.
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A total of 2,693,345 doses of vaccine have been provided to providers in Illinois, including Chicago, and an additional 445,200 doses of vaccine have been allocated to federal government partners for long-term care facilities, bringing the total provided in Illinois to 3,138,545.
IDPH said that the number of vaccines distributed is reported in real time, and the number of vaccines can be delayed up to 72 hours.
IDPH reports that 2,440,950 doses of vaccine have been administered, including 295,909 doses in long-term facilities. The 7-day rolling average of vaccination was 66,274.
The deaths reported on Wednesday included:
-Adams County: 1 woman in the 1980s
-Christian County: 1 woman in the 1980s
-Cook County: 1 male in his 20s, 1 male in his 50s, 2 males in his 60s, 4 males in their 70s, and 2 females in their 80s
-DeKalb County: 1 male in his 60s
-DuPage County: 1 male, over 80 years old
-Jersey County: 1 man in his 70s
-Kane County: 1 man in his 60s and 1 man in his 80s
-Kankakee County: 1 male in the 80s
-Lake County: 1 man in the 90s
-Logan County: 1 woman in the 1980s
-Madison County: 1 woman in her 30s and 1 man in her 80s
-Monroe County: 2 women in the 1980s
-Pike County: 1 male in the 80s
-Randolph County: 1 woman in her 50s
-Rock Island County: 1 female in the 90s
-Whiteside County: 1 male in the 1980s
-Wil County: 1 man in his 60s and 1 man in his 90s
-Winnebago County: 1 man in the 70s, 1 man in the 80s
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