City, churches, community groups work to close Chicgao's COVID vaccine racial gap

Chicago COVID-19 vaccine distribution has improved among residents of color, Mayor Lightfoot said Friday.

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JESSICA D'ONOFRIO: Yeah, Tanya and Terrell, that will happen at 9:45 this morning. Here it comes, as health care centers have been scrambling to reach people who booked appointments for shots. Now due to weather this week some vaccine shipments have been delayed. City officials holding a news conference this morning to give an update on vaccine distribution. They say the Pfizer vaccine comes from Kentucky. Since it needs ultra cold storage Chicago's health department and hospitals generally handle that vaccine. Moderna is shipped from Tennessee to Chicago and City Health officials say those shipments did not arrive Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

DR ALLISON ARWADY: You know, we can't control the weather. That's just the way it is. We are hopeful that the Moderna will be able to ship out today. Meaning that we would expect it to be getting here tomorrow, but it could be Monday even, right?

JESSICA D'ONOFRIO: Statewide Illinois Health-- Illinois Department of Public Health expected 365,000 doses from the federal government this week. So far, the state health department is confirming they've received about 55,000, and Illinois is not alone. Twenty-two states across the country have delayed or canceled vaccinations this week because of the weather.