Illinois is expanding vaccine eligibility to residents ages 16 and older.
Starting on Monday, April 12th, Illinois will join the rest of the tri-state in vaccinating anyone who lives or works in the state ages 16 and up.
Most recently, Illinois opened up eligibility to restaurant staff, construction trade workers and religious leaders on March 29th.
On Saturday, Illinois officials reported more than 7,000,000 COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across the state. Also on Saturday, Illinois reported a record high of more than 175,000 doses administered in a single day; the state’s third day in a row surpassing a new high.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker says, “The vaccine is the best weapon against the variants and it’s the fastest ticket back to normal life.”
“It’s important that we begin to address the whole population, because the danger of the new variants spreading means that we want every dose to get into arms as soon as humanly possible,” Governor Pritzker announced in a COVID-19 vaccine update.
To kick off the week for those newly eligible, the Egyptian Health Department in White County is partnering with the Illinois National Guard to host a vaccination clinic on April 12th.
The clinic aims to distribute 700 single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines to anyone who lives or works in Saline, Gallatin and White County ages 18 and older.
The clinic is being held at the Floral Hall in Carmi beginning at 9 a.m.
Governor Pritzker says, “Our fight to stay safe and protect ourselves isn’t over, but with each day and each dose, we move closer and closer to putting this pandemic to an end.”
The city of Chicago receives its own supply of vaccines from the federal government separately from the state. Therefore, Chicago has a different set of plans.
Depending on vaccine supply, Chicago officials hope to open up vaccine eligibility to residents ages 16 and older on April 19th.
For more information or to find a vaccine site near you, visit the state health department's vaccination location web page.