'We need more vaccine': Mayor Lightfoot discouraged in number of COVID vaccine doses Chicago is receiving

Mayor Lightfoot says the city is getting fewer first dose COVID vaccines than when vaccines first started coming out, and she wants that changed.
Mayor Lightfoot says the city is getting fewer first dose COVID vaccines than when vaccines first started coming out, and she wants that changed. Photo credit City of Chicago

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot is raising concerns about the amount of COVID-19 vaccines the city has been getting lately from the federal government.

Mayor Lightfoot said she’s discouraged by a reduction in the number of first doses of COVID-19 vaccine that the city is getting. She said that needs to change.

"We need more vaccine," she said. "I am discouraged by the fact that we are getting less first doses now than we had at the beginning. That has to change around completely" as the city looks to vaccinate Chicago Public Schools teachers and staff, as well as other essential workers.

The city is now getting 32,000 first doses a week, according to Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady.

"We need to be getting many more first doses from the federal government. And, we have been talking, of course, with the incoming Biden/Harris administration, but we still need to get more vaccine as quickly as possible," Lightfoot said.

Asked about getting CPS teachers and employees vaccinated now that students are returning to in-person learning, Dr. Arwady said it’s going to take at least a couple of months before they get it.

"It's a large lift," she said. "There is about 150,000 people who work in that educational category just in Chicago."