She was among the original five who volunteered to get inoculated last month at Chicago’s Loretto Hospital.
Del Rios said she did it for the sake of her family and those in her community hesitant to get vaccinated. Completing her inoculation gives her optimism.
“I’m hoping this year, this is a start of better things to come,” Rios said.
Health experts say that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is not fully effective without the second dose.
Both vaccination events were held at hospitals serving communities hit hardest by COVID-19. This was a to boost vaccine rates among Black and Latinx residents. Del Rios said there is still more work to be done to convince those who are skeptical that the vaccine is safe.