CBS 2's Marie Saavedra dug into the data to show which counties in the state had the most vaccine to administer.
- And Irika, the effort to find appointment comes down to just one thing, is there vaccine available, and where?
- Yeah. CBS 2's Marie Saavedra is live 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: Brad and Irika, 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 hopes so.
JACQUI HARRISON: Just make sure that it makes sense, that you have enough for the respective areas.
- And that was Marie Saavedra reporting. Thank you, Marie.