By Mary Chappell
Chicago (CBS) — Veterinarians have started vaccinating some Brookfield Zoo animals against COVID-19.READ MORE: 5 Killed, 40 Wounded In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago
The vaccine — specifically designed for animals — is being administered by Chicago Zoological Society vets, according to a a press release from the Zoological Society. The first animals scheduled for the shot are those more susceptible to contracting the virus, including primates, small carnivores, the zoo’s animal ambassadors, big cats, and bears.READ MORE: Man Shot, Critically Wounded In Car Downtown
The vaccine was donated by Michigan-based animal health company Zoetis. The Zoetis vaccine received investigational authorization by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Illinois state veterinarian, officials said.
Similar to the COVID-19 vaccine for humans, animals will receive two doses three weeks apart and are considered fully protected two weeks following the second dose.MORE NEWS: One Person Rushed To Hospital After Multi-Vehicle Crash On Edens Expressway
Once the western lowland gorillas and Rodrigues fruit bats have been fully vaccinated, which is expected to be later this fall, the zoo’s Tropic World: Africa section and Australia House will reopen to guests, officials said.