Meanwhile, masks will continue to be required in certain settings, including city of Chicago buildings, health care settings and schools.
Businesses that choose to check vaccine status can ask patrons to show their CDC vaccine cards, including a picture or photocopy, or a printout from a doctor’s office, Arwady said, noting that individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose. See the latest vaccination figures for the city and state in the charts below.
“I hope that the announcement today really spurs confidence in vaccines and encourages you, if you’ve been on the fence, now is the time,” Arwady said.
About 38 percent of Chicagoans have been fully vaccinated, and cases and hospitalizations are decreasing.
The city is seeing the most new cases on the Far South Side, where the fewest people have been vaccinated to date.
Nearly 50 percent of all Chicagoans have gotten a first dose, which is in line with the national average. However, among Chicagoans who have gotten a first dose, 55 percent are white and 53 percent are Asian, compared with just 39 and 32 percent of Latino and Black residents, respectively.
Only 69 percent of Chicagoans 65 and older have gotten a first dose, and 59 percent have been fully vaccinated.
To make it easier for older residents, as well as those with disabilities, to get vaccinated, the city is expanding its home-based vaccination program. Under the Protect Chicago Homebound program, the city has visited more than 1,700 homes in Chicago and administered more than 2,500 shots, Arwady said.