Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced on Thursday a new vaccination initiative aiming to ensure 77 percent of Chicago residents aged 12 and older have begun receiving their vaccinations against COVID-19 by the end of the year. Through the program, called Protect Chicago 77, city officials plan to involve additional community partners to boost resident engagement and ensure eligible residents across all of the city’s communities are getting vaccinated. The city is rolling out videos aimed to help people talk to friends and family about the vaccine, a marketing campaign and weekly updates on neighborhoods’ vaccination progress. As of Wednesday, 72.4 percent of Chicagoans aged 12 and up had received at least one dose of a vaccine.
Groups including Communities United, Elevate Energy and the DePaul University Institute for Housing Studies announced they are forming the Chicago Flats Initiative “to provide short- and long-term assistance in the form of resources and counseling” to help preserve two- to four-flats across the city.
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