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Local Markham leaders urge people to get COVID-19 vaccine before school starts – CBS Chicago


MARKHAM, Illinois (CBS) – In a southern suburban community, leaders spent Sunday encouraging residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19 – especially before their children returned to school.

As CBS 2’s Meredith Barack explained, health officials are also hoping that the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine – expected as early as Monday – will get more shots.

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“It’s something to want your kids to go back to school, but it’s a bit difficult right now to want to be extremely careful and vigilant about what we need to do to be safe,” the mayor said. from Markham, Roger Agpawa.

They were getting ready for a new school year in Markham Sunday with new hairstyles and a box full of supplies. There is something else that the leaders hope people will get through as well.

“If we can encourage parents, this is where it is,” Agpawa said.

Agpawa said it was especially important to shoot guns because he said there were not enough residents protected from COVID-19.

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“We are not near where we should be. We’re not proud of our numbers at all, ”Agpawa said. “I think we’re around 40-50 percent right. We are very low in the region and we should be doing a lot better.

The Family Christian Health Center is working hard to get more residents vaccinated.

“I hope we have many more children 12 and older who want the vaccine,” said Mia Webster-Cross, director of community health and programs at Family Christian Health Center. “We want to make sure people are safe, especially in our southern suburban communities. Our numbers are a little low, but we are seeing an increase probably in the last eight weeks. “

Healthcare workers said they had heard from a number of people reluctant to get vaccinated due to a lack of FDA approval. They hope that once this approval is obtained, the number of people receiving the vaccine will increase.

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“You have a lot of people who believe in the science, but a lot of people are also relying on the FDA to approve it as well – so I think once we get that you’re going to see an increase in more people. who want to get the vaccine, ”Webster-Cross said,“ and we’re ready to go. We are ready to vaccinate.