Vaccination News Update
“The Protect Chicago 77 Initiative”
City of Chicago Announces Its “Protect Chicago 77 Initiative” to Get Entire City Engaged in the COVID–19 Vaccine Campaign.
This is a citywide effort to ensure that at least 77 percent of all Chicago residents age 12 and up start their COVID–19 vaccination series by the end of the year
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health today announced
Protect Chicago 77 – a new citywide community engagement campaign to ensure
that at least 77 percent of all Chicago residents ages 12 and up have started their COVID–19
vaccination series by the end of the year. All Chicagoans are encouraged to take the Protect
Chicago 77 pledge, promising to do their part to Protect Chicago and help the city recover
from the pandemic.
“Getting vaccinated remains the best way to be protected against COVID–19 and its vari-
ants, and to protect your loved ones and community,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “That’s why I’m
taking the Protect Chicago 77 pledge and I encourage everyone else to do so as well so we
can reach a citywide vaccination rate of 77 percent. From stopping the spread of vaccine
misinformation, to supporting businesses in one’s community that make vaccine safety a
priority, or even talking to that reluctant family member about why it’s so important to
step up at this moment, every resident can do something meaningful to help us reach this
vital vaccination milestone.”
Currently, more than 1.6 million – or 72.4 percent – of Chicagoans age 12 and up have re-
ceived at least one dose of a COVID–19 vaccine. Protect Chicago 77 is designed to engage
people in all of the city’s 77 designated community areas to get vaccinated and encourage
others to do so.
The City will offer resources to help partners in this effort:
• Videos offering tips to help individuals talk to their friends and family about the
• Weekly updates on neighborhood progress to 77 percent, shared at Chica-
go.gov/COVIDvax, which will include stories from real Chicagoans on their decision
to get vaccinated, and more.
• A marketing campaign – Vax–Chi–Nation, which calls on Chicagoans to harness their
love for the city, love for family, and love for each other as a motivation to get vac-
• Local businesses, like United Airlines, that have put in place policies requiring vac-
cination to keep both their employees and customers safe are invited to complete an
online survey to be self–certified and earn a badge that can be displayed in their
place of business. To learn more, visit Chicago.gov/COVIDvax or call 312-746-4835.