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1st Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines in Chicago administered at Loretto Hospital

CHICAGO (WLS) -- History was made in Chicago Tuesday after the first COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer in Chicago were administered at Loretto Hospital on the West Side.

The hospital was chosen because of the care it has provided communities hardest hit by the virus and it's Austin neighborhood location.

State statistics show this area has seen 10,535 COVID-19 cases, the second most in the state.

Black and Brown communities are also suffering historic health care disparities contributing to the pandemic's impact.

"There is no vaccination for racism and we have to deal with that issue and deal with it head on. And that's why we are here," said George Miller, president of Loretto Hospital.

Five health care workers from three different hospitals got inoculated. Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Alison Arwady said five people were getting inoculated at the same time because each vial contains five vaccine doses.

"There is nothing more I wanted for Christmas than a vaccine that looks like this," said Dr. Arwady.

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