Everyone 16 and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines starting April 12

April 11, 2021 - 00:46

Cook County released 15,000 first-dose appointments on Friday in preparation for the expected surge of vaccine-seekers when eligibility opens up on Monday, April 12.  

Starting Monday, anyone 16 or older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

To date, 73 percent of Illinois seniors and 42 percent of Illinoisans 16 and over have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. One quarter of the 16 and over population is fully vaccinated.

Illinois gets $124 Million from federal government to expand COVID-19 vaccination efforts

April 10, 2021 - 13:55

State officials announced Tuesday that Illinois will receive an additional $124 million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to further expand its COVID-19 vaccination program, including more than $90 million for the state and $33 million for the city of Chicago.

Coping with COVID: Mary Cantway shows the way

April 05, 2021 - 21:58
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Mary Cantway, 106, receives her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey on Monday, March 29. Shewas accompanied by her daughter and caregiver Linda Cantway-Cook and her husband Bobby Cook. Pharmacist Ayesha Khan administers the vaccine. (Provided photo)

State health officials ramp up vaccinations as infections begin to rise again

March 27, 2021 - 22:06

After dropping steadily from a mid-November high numbers, the statewide COVID-19 positivity and hospitalization rates began to edge back up in recent days, causing concern among state health officials.

To address a possible trend, officials announced on Friday the launch of Rapid Response Vaccination Teams to five counties and the expansion of vaccine eligibility where demand appears to have waned.

Pritzker announces next phase of vaccination will begin Monday

January 22, 2021 - 21:59

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced on Friday that the state will move into the early stages of Phase 1B of the COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Plan beginning on Monday, Jan. 25.

More than 3.2 million Illinoisans are eligible for Phase 1B. Eligible residents will be able to receive a vaccine at one of the Illinois National Guard (ILNG) assisted sites, at a site operated by a local health department or at a partner pharmacy. 

Coping with COVID: Dec. 4

December 04, 2020 - 22:05

Light at the end of the tunnel (but still a ways to go). The long-awaited vaccines against the virus that causes COVID-19 are expected within weeks. The first two U.S.-developed vaccines, one by Pfizer and one by Moderna, have requested emergency FDA approval. Both are touted as up to 95% effective. 

Illinois is slated to receive its first shipment of 109,000 doses this month, possibly in about two weeks, according to Gov. J.B. Pritzker. 

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