COVID-19 Vaccinations: How Does Chicago Compare to Entire State?

Jordyn Hester
2 min readMar 16, 2021

The graphic below shows the number of people vaccinated in the entire state of Illinois and in the city of Chicago. This can help look at how the city compares to the entire state in vaccination numbers.

In March of 2021, President Joe Biden announced that the United States will have enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to vaccinate every adult by the end of May. Biden also ordered for every state to make the vaccine available to every adult starting May 1. Millions of Americans in their respective states have already been vaccinated, with Illinois ranking at 26th in percentage of population who have received at least one dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at 21.7%. About 11.9% of the Illinois population is fully vaccinated.

Illinois has a total population of about 12.6 million people. Chicago accounts for 21.4% of that population, with about 2.7 million people residing in the city. With Chicago being the most populous city in Illinois, it’s worth looking at how it’s vaccination numbers contribute to the entire state’s. As of March 2021, about 4.3 million vaccine doses in total have been given throughout the entire state of Illinois and 17.5% of these doses have been given in Chicago. Nearly half a million people in Chicago have at least been given the first dose with a little more than half of this number being fully vaccinated, putting the number at 268,233. In the entire state of Illinois, about 2.8 million people have been given the first dose and about 1.5 million people are fully vaccinated. Chicago accounts for about 17.9% of the fully vaccinated population in Illinois, and 2.1% of the total state population.

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