Closing The Gap On Vaccine Access: Streamlining The Supply Chain Across Illinois (Part 4)

How can we make the vaccine rollout more even and equitable statewide, especially in areas with limited resources and access to health care?

Closing The Gap On Vaccine Access: Streamlining Supply Chain Issues Across Illinois (Part 4)
In this Sept. 8, 2010 photo, rows of grain silos, big and small, are silhouetted against a setting sun near Bradfordton, Ill. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey by Kaiser Family Foundation in December of 2020 found that rural residents are among the most vaccine hesitant groups. Seth Perlman / AP Photo
Closing The Gap On Vaccine Access: Streamlining Supply Chain Issues Across Illinois (Part 4)
In this Sept. 8, 2010 photo, rows of grain silos, big and small, are silhouetted against a setting sun near Bradfordton, Ill. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey by Kaiser Family Foundation in December of 2020 found that rural residents are among the most vaccine hesitant groups. Seth Perlman / AP Photo

Closing The Gap On Vaccine Access: Streamlining The Supply Chain Across Illinois (Part 4)

How can we make the vaccine rollout more even and equitable statewide, especially in areas with limited resources and access to health care?

In the latest installment in our series Closing the Gap, Reset explores disparities in vaccine access and distribution in the greater Chicagoland region.

The series wraps with a look at some of the challenges that rural communities face in their response to the pandemic and the vaccine’s distribution, how overall supply chain problems can hamper the process statewide and possible solutions to these issues moving forward.

GUESTS: Mariah Woelfel, WBEZ reporter

Rob Schmitt, CEO of Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services

Sheldon Jacobson, professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign