COVID Chicago vaccine: Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority sets up COVID-19 vaccine clinic in far south

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CHICAGO (WLS) – The country’s first black sorority is working to ensure that members of Chicago’s black community have access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

There is an event on Saturday, as some of Illinois’ COVID figures peaked in more than a month.

The test positivity rate is 1.7%.

The state added 645 new confirmed and probable cases, and eight more people have died.

Members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, of which Vice President Kamala Harris is a member, are behind the Far South Side event.

The sorority said the health clinic should support the Biden administration’s efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccinations, especially in communities with low vaccination rates.

“So we provide vaccines, we provide COVID testing, we provide HIV testing because we know all of these are needed to help people with depressed immune systems fight COVID-19,†said Ora Douglass, Alpha Kappa Alpha President of International Programs.

SEE MORE: Illinois COVID Update: IT Reports 645 Cases, 8 Deaths

The latest data from the city shows that just over 56% of Chicagoans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and just over 50% are fully immunized.

But you can see that percentage dropping in black and brown communities.

African Americans get vaccinated at lowest rate, with only 39% receiving their first dose

Thus, people who stop by the event at 95th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue in Imani Village on Saturday will have access to COVID vaccinations, COVID tests, HIV tests and mammograms.

The sorority partnered up with Walgreens and a nonprofit called CORE for this event.

There are already appointments for X-rays and mammograms. Everything is free.

Steps are welcome and the Saturday event runs until 5 p.m.

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