Local organizations mobilize to help more Black residents get vaccinated

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by BA 25 Views

Health officials in Will County are working to get more African Americans vaccinated as numbers continue to dangerously remain low, putting them at a high risk for contracting COVID-19. According to figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health, only 8.75 percent (30,351) of African Americans in Will County have been fully vaccinated. Compared to other groups, the numbers among African Americans are dangerously low, putting them at a high risk for contracting COVID-19. More than 61 percent (212,049) of Whites in Will County are fully vaccinated. The numbers for Hispanics in Will County are also low at 13.4 percent (46,424). The rolling seven-day positivity rate increased to 5.3 percent on Tuesday, moving the entire county to a higher risk category and a call for mask wearing indoors. Officials from the Will County Health Department are working to convince the African American community about the safety of the vaccines and has been hosting town hall meetings to get the word out.

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