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Project January 21, 2021

Tracking the Vaccine: Eye on Equity in Chicago and Illinois

Image by Manuel Martinez / WBEZ. United States, 2020.
Image by Manuel Martinez / WBEZ. United States, 2020.

Since the start of the pandemic, COVID-19 has killed more than twice as many Black Chicagoans as white residents. The positivity rate for Latinos is more than double that of the next-highest racial group. And despite those data, white residents have gotten more sought-after coronavirus tests than either group.

WBEZ's project, Tracking The Vaccine: Eye On Equity In Chicago And Illinois, follows COVID-19 vaccine distribution across a historically segregated city, and whether the groups that were disproportionately hit by the contagion end up receiving their share. This community-powered project combines explanatory, utility-based content with accountability journalism to report on vaccines and vaccine distribution in the Chicago communities that have been most hurt by the pandemic, centering community voices throughout the reporting.

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