Almost two months after Illinois administered its first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the state has already entered phase 1B+ of its vaccination plan and has surpassed the milestone for more than a million fully vaccinated people.
By: Ambar Alejandra Casas Rosales
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The start of 2021 brought joy and hope to many Americans as the first vaccines against COVID-19 were being administered. Now, almost 3 months into the year 135,847,835 doses have been delivered and 12% of the country's population is fully vaccinated.
Currently, the United States is standing at 2.43 million average doses per day and president Joe Biden announced that by May 1st, 2021 all Americans will be eligible for vaccination.
The state of Illinois has had a good vaccination rate and having already administered 4,102, 810 doses of the 5,038,635 available for the state, Illinois is ranked 22nd on the list of percentage for COVID-19 vaccines administered.
The infographic above shows general data regarding COVID-19 vaccinations in the state of Illinois. As seen in the graph, 81.43% of the doses available have already been administered allowing the state to have 11.97% of its population fully vaccinated.
Although the general overview of the state is positive and each day the state continues to vaccinate, there is a concerning factor in the demographics. When looking at the vaccines administered according to race and ethnicity, there is a considerably big difference between groups. The white community account for 2,819,840 of the doses administered, more than 50% of the total amount of vaccines. While communities like the Hispanic/Latinx and the African-American account for 9.06% and 8.12% respectively. This is a concerning factor as these communities are the ones getting the least vaccines while also being the ones with more cases and deaths for COVID-19.