Illinois coronavirus: 166K extra photographs administered as Chicago prepares to increase eligibility


Public well being officers on Friday introduced Illinois’ second-most productive COVID-19 vaccination day but with 166,885 doses going into arms statewide.

Almost 1 / 4 of all Illinoisans are actually absolutely immunized towards the coronavirus after Thursday’s shot effort, which got here every week after the state set a document with virtually 176,000 administered doses.

Illinois is now averaging about 130,000 photographs per day as Chicago vaccine suppliers put together to increase eligibility to all residents 16 and older beginning Monday.

A federal pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine means there gained’t be as many appointments obtainable as officers might need thought every week in the past, however the state has downplayed that impediment. J&J doses solely account for about 8% of Illinois’ vaccine provide.

Most appointments at city-run websites will go forward as scheduled subsequent week after shuffling round some doses, in line with the Chicago Division of Public Well being.

Mass vax websites on the United Middle and Chicago State College will use Pfizer doses as a substitute of J&J, as will the off-site Walgreens clinics which are scheduled to distribute doses at homes of worship this weekend, officers stated Friday. Town’s program for homebound residents has switched to Pfizer, too.

The Chicago Federation of Labor vaccination web site will obtain Pfizer and Moderna doses too, however that South Aspect location will quickly be restricted to 1,200 doses per week.

Three different metropolis efforts are at a full cease for now, together with the O’Hare Airport vaccination web site for transportation staff and a sequence of Illinois Restaurant Affiliation occasions. Town’s “vaccination bus” is out of service, too.

COVID-19 infections have been on the rise for the previous month even whereas the vaccine effort picks up momentum — however officers have expressed optimism the state could be flattening its newest curve.

The Illinois Division of Public Well being reported 3,866 extra circumstances had been recognized among the many newest 93,602 assessments, preserving the state’s seven-day common positivity fee at 4.2% — twice as excessive because it was in mid-March, however the fourth straight day it’s fallen or held regular.

Hospitals took on an extra 15 COVID-19 sufferers with 2,058 beds occupied Thursday night time. That’s almost a thousand extra coronavirus sufferers than had been admitted March 12.

The state additionally reported 21 extra deaths, together with that of a Prepare dinner County man in his 40s, elevating Illinois’ pandemic toll to 21,630.

Almost 1.3 million residents have contracted the virus over the previous 12 months, in comparison with about 3.2 million who are actually absolutely vaccinated.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Public Well being Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady have urged residents to get photographs wherever they’ll discover them. Hundreds of appointments can be found by the weekend and into subsequent week at a federally run vaccination web site in Gary, Indiana, which is open to Illinois residents.

For assist discovering a vaccine appointment in-state, go to or name (833) 621-1284.

COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by day

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