CHICAGO (CBS) – By the end of this week, Chicago will have met Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s goal of having 77% of the city’s population at least partially immunized, more than a month earlier than it wanted.
In late September, Lightfoot said it wanted 77% of Chicagoans aged 12 and over to be at least partially vaccinated by the end of the year.
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On Monday, she said the city was on track to surpass that target by the end of the week. As of Monday, 76.7% of people aged 12 and over are at least partially vaccinated and nearly 70% are fully vaccinated.
However, parts of the city are still far behind, especially in the predominantly black and brown neighborhoods.
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Three of the city’s 60 postcodes have vaccination rates below 50%, and nine other postcodes have vaccination rates above 50% but still below 60%.
“No one is doing a winning lap, and we’re still seeing progress in some of those areas, especially on the south side, where we’ve been very challenged,” said Lightfoot.
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Statewide, 71% of people 12 and older are fully immunized.