CHICAGO — Nearly 1 million children ages 5-11 have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, officials announced Wednesday.
That includes more than 6,000 children in that age group in Chicago, said the city’s health commissioner, Dr. Allison Arwady, at a press conference on Tuesday. Those vaccinations have been done through pediatric practices, on mobile sites and more, she said.
According to an estimate by Arwady, there are more than 210,000 children in the 5-11 age group in Chicago.
To further boost childhood vaccinations in Chicago, the city is holding Vaccination Day on Friday. Chicago Public Schools classes are canceled and city workers are given two hours early release so they can take pictures or bring kids to take their pictures.
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The national number of vaccinations is a “good start,” Jeff Ziens, President Joe Biden’s chief coronavirus adviser, said according to The New York Times on Wednesday.
“Our goal is clearly to vaccinate as many children as possible,” Ziens said.
Local officials have urged people to get their children vaccinated as soon as possible, especially as the holiday season approaches.
• In Illinois, according to state data, approximately 7.25 million people — or 56.98 percent of the state’s 12.7 million people — have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
• Statewide, 56,313 doses of vaccine are administered per day, based on a seven-day moving average.
• Illinois and Chicago administered at least 16,123,048 vaccine doses of the 19,171,235 delivered to them.
• City data shows that more than 1.6 million Chicago residents — or 59.8 percent of all residents — have been fully vaccinated, and 65.5 percent of all Chicago residents have received at least one shot.
Anyone 5 years and older is eligible for vaccination in Chicago.
Vaccinations against COVID-19 are free and require no insurance. Anyone can call the city’s coronavirus hotline at 312-746-4835 to learn more about how and where to get vaccinated in their community.
• Twenty Illinois residents have died from COVID-19 since Tuesday.
• At least 26,028 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,901 deaths are likely related to the virus, the state said.
• The state has reported 5,044 cases since Tuesday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois to 1,727,634.
• As of Tuesday, 148,834 tests have been reported statewide. A total of 36,675,122 tests have been reported in Illinois.
• The Illinois seven-day positivity rate was 2.5 percent. The figure represents the percentage of people who tested positive under recent tests. Tuesday it stood at 2.2 percent.
• Illinois’ seven-day test positivity rate, which measures the percentage of tests that were positive, was 2.8 percent. Tuesday it stood at 2.7 percent.
• As of Tuesday evening, 317 people with COVID-19 were in the ICU and 149 people with COVID-19 were on ventilators in Illinois.
• Four deaths have been reported in Chicago since Tuesday. At least 5,935 have been killed by COVID-19 in Chicago. The city is seeing an average of more than one death a day, down 45 percent from a week ago.
• 705 confirmed cases have been reported in Chicago since Tuesday. It has had a total of 332,017 confirmed cases. An average of 403 confirmed cases are reported per day, an increase of 24 percent from the previous week.
• Chicago testing is up 3 percent from a week ago.
• Chicago’s positivity rate was 2.1 percent, up from 1.8 percent the previous week.
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