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AURORA, Ill — Community leaders continue to push for more COVID-19 vaccine distribution in underserved areas.

Gov. JB Pritzker was in Aurora Tuesday morning at a vaccination site designed to get the vaccine distributed in a more equitable way.

The governor, along with local leaders, toured the community vaccination site located at the Cathedral of Grace St. John AME Church, 2950 Bilter Road.

About 700 people who registered were vaccinated at the site on Tuesday. Appointments filled up in less than 24 hours.

The mayor of Aurora teamed up with a number of organizations to create a new group called Black Vax of Aurora. The goal was to ensure that the Black community have access to the vaccine. The group is made-up of a coalition of Black churches, organizations, fraternities, sororities and elected officials.

Black Vax invited several local pastors to get their vaccinations at the site. The church, where the vaccines will be distributed, is the oldest and largest Black church in the city.

Covid has hit both the Hispanic and Black communites hard, but those two communites are being vaccinated at a much slower rate. According to the Chicago Tribune’s numbers of those fully vaccinated in the state, 3% are Hispanic and Black — while White is at 8%.

The mayor is planning another mass vaccination for the hispanic community later this month.

Doctors say now that the FDA approved the one dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, it may make getting the vaccine a little more equitable. Doctors also say not to get caught up in the effectiveness of each of the vaccines.

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