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Protect Chicago Plus partners with UI Health in vaccine rollout effort

Mansur Shaheen | Mar 17, 2021

University of Illinois (UI) Health and Protect Chicago Plus have partnered to deliver 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines to residents of the Englewood neighborhoods in Chicago. They opened a temporary vaccine clinic at the Mile Square Health Center-Englewood earlier this month. The move comes as many Black and poorer neighborhoods have been...[ Read More ]

Illinois Tech receive patent for potential COVID-19 treatment

Mansur Shaheen | Mar 10, 2021

Researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) have received a provisional patent for a new drug that could potentially treat COVID-19. CROWNase functions by cutting glycoprotein from spiking, making it so the virus can not infect cells. The drug works by exposing the vulnerable parts of the virus...[ Read More ]

Analysis of Chicago vaccine distribution finds large racial disparities

Mansur Shaheen | Feb 15, 2021

An analysis of Chicago vaccine distribution data by USA Today shows that there are large racial disparities in who is receiving the COVID-19 vaccine across the city. Primarily white zip codes are disproportionately receiving doses of the vaccine compared to those that are primarily Black or Latino. Zip codes that...[ Read More ]

Illinois to expand vaccine eligibility; Cook county not to follow changes

Mansur Shaheen | Feb 11, 2021

Illinois residents under the age of 65 with pre-existing medical conditions will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine after Governor J.B. Pritzker expanded Phase 1B of the vaccine rollout. Pregnant women and people with cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other comorbidities will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine...[ Read More ]

Illinois moves inmates to Phase 1B of vaccine rollout

Mansur Shaheen | Jan 20, 2021

Illinois has updated it’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan to move its incarcerated population to Phase 1B. Prisoners were previously set to be vaccinated during either Phase 2 or Phase 3. Phase 1B also includes essential frontline workers, first responders and residents over 65. The phase officially began in the state...[ Read More ]

Illinois "surge staffing" program allows relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions across state

Mansur Shaheen | Jan 19, 2021

Illinois health officials have adjusted the impact hospital bed availability has on COVID-19 restrictions for each region in the state. The change will allow many counties in the state to relax their restrictions. The change comes after Illinois launched a “surge staffing” program. The program allows for the state to...[ Read More ]