Chicago continues to expand its COVID vaccine distribution network, top health official says

COVID-19 Vaccine

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago’s top health official said the coronavirus vaccine distribution in the city is expanding day by day.

Of course, officials want to see more vaccine delivered to the city, but Chicago Public Health Director Dr. Allison Arwady is happy with the way distribution is going so far.

"We have had 54,207 first doses that have been administered and reported and another 13,000 to 14,000 second doses," she said.

She said there are 250 longterm care facilities doing COVID-19 vaccinations and another 250 provider sites are being added as well.

"We are now up to 250 longterm care facilities that have been scheduled for strike teams from pharmacies. We are working with Walgreens, CVS, and PharmScript through the federal partnership. That's skilled nursing, assisted living, and behavioral health. Also, newly, we have more than 250 vaccinating provider sites in enrolled with more being added every day."

Dr. Ali Khan, Medical Director of Oak Street Health, said they are serving unaffiliated frontline healthcare workers.

"There are tens if not hundreds of thousands of people in the Chicagoland, who are frontline healthcare workers, who have yet to be vaccinated," he said. "And we have a lot of work to do for them."

And their sites are hunkering down to do it.