CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County officials combined COVID-19 vaccinations with a computer giveaway on Saturday.
County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was on hand at the River Oaks Mall in south suburban Calumet City. She said the goal is to tackle two problems: the pandemic and inequities in access to technology.READ MORE: Man Stabbed On CTA Blue Line Train Near Irving Park Stop
“While this is a day in which we address the digital divide, we’re also addressing the unvaccinated. If you’re here today, and have not been vaccinated, I ask you, please, please get vaccinated. We’ve lost far too many lives in this pandemic; 11,000 people and counting in Cook County,” Preckwinkle said.READ MORE: 'My Husband Didn't Take His Life, COVID Did': Grundy Co. Woman Wants Attention Paid To Illness-Related Psychosis
The county gave away 100 computers, and vouchers for 100 more.MORE NEWS: Jussie Smollett Takes The Witness Stand, Describes Alleged Attack As Real And Like 'Something Out Of Looney Tunes Adventures'
There will be another giveaway of at least 150 more computers in November.