COVID vaccines given at senior housing site (Housing Authority of Cook County)

Date Published: 
February 24th, 2021

From Evanston Now:

For 65-year old Joy Horton, the chance to get a COVID-19 vaccination “just dropped out of the sky” for her and for other residents of the Victor Walchirk Apartments in Evanston today.

The building, on Noyes Court, is a senior citizens’ affordable housing residence, operated by the Housing Authority of Cook County. This morning, those who live at Walchirk, along with staff members who care for the tenants, were given the first of the two-shot coronavirus vaccine protocol, with the second shot to come later. The vaccinations were provided via the Pharmacy Participation Program, in cooperation with Cook County, Walgreens and the Centers for Disease Control.

Bringing the shots to where seniors live was “very nice,” Horton said, so she and her neighbors would not have to travel somewhere else to get them.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty were at Walchirk as the vaccinations began. Preckwinkle told Evanston Now that there is “clearly an equity issue nationwide” for vaccine distribution, and “bringing the vaccinations to people’s doorsteps” is one wat to deal with that.

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