HARVEY, Ill.- Governor J.B. Pritzker announced he’s making it easier for minority communities to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
It’s part of his $10 million public awareness campaign to help communities hesitant about the vaccine. The campaign features stories of Illinoisans personally impacted by the virus. They explained why they believe in the vaccine.
Select communities will also start to provide vaccines at local healthcare facilities next week. Pritzker hopes this can get more doses to Black and brown communities as well as remote areas in the state.
“My administration will be shipping vaccine doses directly to trusted community provides above and beyond what the area local health department has already allocated,” said Pritzker.
The Governor also stressed the importance of getting accurate information to the public regarding the shot.
“Vaccine hesitancy is real, and misinformation especially on social media is rampant,” said Pritzker. “So Illinois is acting proactively to share the message.”
Pritzker also said the federal government will reimburse the massive awareness campaign similar to other COVID-19 expenses for the state.
Ezike: “I know vaccines work”
Dr. Ngozi Ezike later echoed Pritzker’s message saying Illinoisans need to do their research and listen to personal stories from friends or family who struggled with COVID-19.
“As a physician myself, I got my shot because I know vaccines work,” said Ezike. “They have saved millions of lives. And by making the choice to get vaccinated yourself, you can protect yourself from this devastating virus and start getting back to normal.”
Pritzker reminded Illinois residents they could sign up for appointments at mass vaccination sites in their area. As of yesterday, the United Center in Chicago started taking appointments for their vaccination site. It will be open to those eligible starting March 10.
As of Thursday, 1,019,685 Illinoisans are fully vaccinated. However, that only makes up 8% of the state’s population.