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Governor Pritzker Joins Aurora Mayor And Others To Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations For Blacks

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Yvonne Boose
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Governor J.B. Pritzker joined an Aurora coalition and VNA Health Care in an effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations for Blacks in Kane and DuPage counties.  

Black Vax Aurora was put in place to ensure that Blacks in the area have equal access to the vaccine.  

Blacks in both Kane and DuPage counties have significantly less vaccination rates than whites according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. 

Pritzker says outreach to those who aren’t comfortable with getting the vaccine is important. 

“People are more likely to get vaccinated when they hear about it from people that they trust,” the governor explained. “By working with pastors and other community leaders, Aurora is recognizing and respecting that reality.”

DuPage County resident Janene Marshall-Gatling was in line with her elderly mother.   

“This will actually save your life. Versus taking the chance or rolling dice to say whether or not to say you would get it or not,” she said.

Over 700 individuals signed up for vaccinations. The event took place at Aurora’s Cathedral of Grace St. John AME Church.  

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin says a similar event for the Latinx community will happen March 19. 

  • Yvonne Boose is a current corps member for Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project. It's a national service program that places talented journalists in local newsrooms like WNIJ. You can learn more about Report for America at wnij.org.

Yvonne covers artistic, cultural, and spiritual expressions in the COVID-19 era. This could include how members of community cultural groups are finding creative and innovative ways to enrich their personal lives through these expressions individually and within the context of their larger communities. Boose is a recent graduate of the Illinois Media School and returns to journalism after a career in the corporate world.