Vaccine Brigade -Chicago
See our opinion piece in the Chicago Sun-Times Sunday 4/3 on page 41 - or at this link.
Restore Federal Covid
The federal government has failed to pass Covid emergency supplemental funding for testing and treatment (as of March 22nd) and vaccine administration (as of April 5th) for the uninsured. The end of the government’s investment in making vaccines, boosters, treatments, and masks widely available to all Americans regardless of ability to pay threatens the last 14 months of progress in the fight against Covid. It jeopardizes our community's, our city, and our states’ ability to return to ‘normal’.
Vaccine efforts in Chicago are already shutting down due to these cuts. One such effort that the Vaccine Brigade has been involved with is with the community-based organization, Centro San Bonifacio. Similar efforts throughout Chicago and the nation are shutting down or are at risk.
The failure to make funds available now will be disastrous for us as new strains of COVID will certainly emerge and surge. How many more preventable deaths and severe illnesses will we experience if we do not continue to combat covid with all the tools we know work and that are needed to succeed?
We urge all Chicagoans to write to their representatives in Congress to urge Congress to restore this critical funding to fight covid and beat the covid pandemic
For a detailed explanation of what's happening with funding, see this article by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Mission: To assist with COVID-19 vaccine distribution, providing vaccines and education within healthcare and community-based organizations, and supporting efforts to promote an equitable vaccination process in Chicago.
Who we are: Volunteers from medical and non-medical fields, including nurses, educators, dentists, doctors and public health professionals. Many of us are retired.
NEXT FEW DAYS
(details on"current projects" page)
ASI Homecare: various events in Humboldt Park, South Chicago, Little Village, and Albany Park.
Windsor Park Events with CEAL and Broadway Medical Center starting December 11th and continuing.
IMPACT CHICAGO - Multiple events, various locations around Chicago.
Ongoing Wednesdays and Fridays - MobileCare Chicago - Southside and South Suburbs
CIMPAR Vaccination Project in Chicago schools - various dates and times.
The Chicago Vaccine Partnership sponsors a virtual educator's roundtable on the 1st Thursday of every month - details and contact information is on the "current projects" page.
How our volunteers can help:
Door to door canvassing
Link people to vaccination sites and/or arrange for at home vaccinations.
Provide education about the vaccine for groups and individuals including conversations about vaccine hesitancy
Support logistics at vaccination sites
Spanish speakers available.