Inside the scandal that swept Chicago’s Austin community
Over the past few weeks, the Loretto Hospital in Chicago’s Austin community has been a topic of conversation. CEO George Miller and COO Dr. Anosh Ahmed were reprimanded for allowing some “well-connected” members of society to skip the vaccination line at the hospital.
As a result, the City of Chicago ceased supplying coronavirus vaccines to Loretto hospital. Dr. Allison Arwady, Chief of Chicago’s health department, reassured the public that investigations had commenced regarding high level executives skipping the vaccine line. Arwady expressed concerns regarding the actions of the two Loretto Hospital executives. She claimed that Loretto Hospital no longer had the community’s trust and therefor did not deserve to receive the coronavirus vaccines.
On Friday, Arwady spoke to the media: “[T]he biggest concern here is that they were vaccinating people, first and foremost, who were not eligible for the phase.”
While the well-connected friends of executives were skipping lines to receive vaccinations, the eligible residents of Austin, most of them poor or black, were spending hours on the line to receive vaccinations because their home areas were high-risk zones. Instead, the two Loretto hospital executives decided to give vaccines to ineligible people.
Furthermore, the impact on hard-hit, lower income, Black Austin community is that they are left without a vaccine supply based on actions of The Loretto Hospital executives.
Although more people are able to get vaccinated soon, the vaccine rollout has been botchy in some communities, further escalating the hardships these communities face. ~ℝ