CBS 2's Marie Saavedra looks into which areas across the state have enough COVID vaccine to administer and how far people are traveling to get their shot.
- A steady stream of people going into the United Center today to get their covid-19 shot, and as you can see, people remain socially distant. One of the goals of the mass-vaccination site, make sure people in vulnerable neighborhoods get the shot. Today, appointments open to anyone living in the following zip codes on the South and Southwest sides-- 60608, 60619, 60620, 60649, and 60652. Eventually people in other communities will be allowed to schedule a vaccine.
- And Erica, the effort to find an appointment comes down to just one thing. Is their vaccine available and where.
- CBS 2's Marie Saavedra is at the United Center looking at new data that shows us where in Illinois you have the best shot at finding a shot. Marie.
MARIE SAAVEDRA: Brian, Erica, we asked the State Department of Public Health today how it decides what amount of vaccine it sends to the different counties. We did not get an answer, so we're letting the numbers do the talking.
JACQUI HARRISON: It's like the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.
MARIE SAAVEDRA: That is Jacqui Harrison's description of what it's like for her trying to find a COVID vaccine.
JACQUI HARRISON: I believe I called at least seven different hotlines or COVID related phone lines, and I basically was told something different with each one.
MARIE SAAVEDRA: We know her search and so many of yours have been stressful. It is well established, there isn't enough vaccine right now to meet demand. So where are the doses we do have? Our CBS 2 team dug into the data from the Illinois Department of Public Health. We found the total inventory of vaccines per 1,000 people in each county in the state as of Monday, mapped here-- the darker the color, the more doses. And you see downstate is dominant.
Pulaski County has 232 doses per 1,000. Adams County, home to Quincy, has 244 for every 1,000 people living there. And Jackson County is the highest in the state with 246. Now compare that to our area. Cook County, excluding Chicago, has just 24 available doses for every 1,000 residents. It's even lower in Lake County, where for every 1,000 there are just 21.
So why the drastic differences? Population certainly plays a role-- along with a number of other factors. What we do know is more vaccine from all three providers should change these numbers for the better. Harrison certainly hope so.
JACQUI HARRISON: Just make sure that it makes sense. That you have enough for the respective areas.
MARIE SAAVEDRA: If you are wondering what county closest to us cracked the top 10 in this ranking, you're going to have to make a drive. It is Sangamon County, home of our state's capitol. You can look up that county and yours on our interactive map that our team made for you. It is online right now at cbschicago.com. Outside the United Center, Marie Saavedra, CBS 2 News.