Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday called on President Trump and the incoming Biden administration to exponentially increase the number of COVID-19 vaccines given to cities, saying the current distribution is not enough.
“If you want to have us bend this curve, and give people confidence that they can resume their normal lives, there must be an exponential increase in the amount of vaccine that’s available to cities and towns all over the country,” Lightfoot said.
It would take a year and a half to vaccinate all of Chicago at the current rate, Lightfoot said. The city already has distributed 95% of the vaccine it’s received, she said, but doesn’t have enough and wants more. So far, Chicago has administered at least 33,607 doses of vaccine, according to the city’s website.
Meanwhile, Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson said Tuesday that more than half of teachers expected to return to schools Monday did not show up. Her comments came at a news conference shortly after the head of the union representing principals criticized CPS’s decision to resume in-person instruction.
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