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  • Tim Bell

Protecting Workers and Community from Omicron: Partnering with City of Berwyn

After Reaching a 81% Vaccination Rate The City of Berwyn and Their Partners Plan To Continue Efforts To Reach Residents

January 26th, Berwyn- At Tuesday night's Berwyn city council meeting the deepening partnership between the Berwyn and the Chicago Workers Collaborative (CWC) was announced in the midst of a surging Omicron COVID infections. The partnership started in August as part of a larger effort that saw the city of Berwyn reach a 73% vaccination rate in early December and 81% in January. City officials and the Chicago Workers Collaborative plan to continue their efforts to protect the community and low wage workers through the expansion of their public health outreach efforts.

“Since August we have been partnering with the city of Berwyn and Mayor Lovero to reach families. Together, we have reached 3000 residents with PPE kits and have signed up over 500 residents to get vaccinated,” said Oswaldo Alvarez, Executive Director of the Chicago Workers Collaborative. “Just yesterday we passed out over 200 PPE kits inside this city hall and 19 of those people signed up for their first COVID vaccination in less than two hours.”

Elva Serna, a 20 year resident of Berwyn and Senior Manager of Public Health at CWC was resolute, “With Omicron we have to keep reaching families to keep the public safe. We plan to continue to create partnerships that will help save lives.”

To schedule a vaccine appointment at the Berwyn Public Health District call 708.788.6600. CWC and the city of Berwyn will be hosting a vaccination event at Youth Crossroads, 6501 Stanley Road, this Saturday, January 29th from 9:30am - 12:30pm.

Founded in 2000, the Chicago Workers' Collaborative promotes the creation of stable, living wage jobs with race, class, and gender equity for precarious workers in the Chicago region.

Media Contact: Roberto Clack, Deputy Director, Chicago Workers Collaborative,, 312.450.1972

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