COOK COUNTY, Ill. — Cook County Health (CCH) celebrated the administering of its one-millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joined other county leaders Thursday to mark the milestone.
“Even as we celebrate one million doses there’s still work to be done, those watching today who haven’t gotten a shot, will do so, and to those who got vaccinated,” Preckwinkle said. “Thank you, thank you, thank you for doing your part to protect our communities during this pandemic.”
According to a press release, CCH is among the first health systems in the country to achieve this level of vaccination.
It comes as Illinois is seeing a slight increase in COVID-19 cases. Health officials reported just over 4,500 cases Thursday. Chicago’s overall COVID-19 risk remains in the green category, which means low.
Dr. Arwady said Thursday she does not expect that to change anytime soon.
“I feel confident that with the current crop of variants, unless there is a major change in the way the virus is behaving, I have no reason to think that we would move to red,” she said. “Have to put a mask requirement in place, have to put a vaccine requirement in place, have to make major mitigation changes anytime in the foreseeable future. I don’t expect it in the next couple of months even.”
Health officials said despite low levels of community risk, more people should get vaccines and booster shots.