Faith Leaders In McLean County Seek To Boost COVID Vaccinations

NORMAL — Surveys show white evangelicals, people of color and rural residents are among the most likely to refuse the COVID-19 vaccine. As vaccination rates drop, health officials are targeting those specific groups to encourage vaccination to get closer to herd immunity. They say you should talk to the people you trust if you have […]

Rural Areas Lag In Vaccination Rates, CDC Report Shows

COVID-19 vaccination rates are lower in rural counties than in urban counties, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Nationwide, the vaccination rate among adults in urban counties is 45.7%, but only 38.9% of adults are vaccinated in rural counties. The disparity persists among different age groups and genders. […]

Black Lives Matter Louisville Trying To Improve Community Health

LOUISVILLE — Outside a high-rise apartment building for seniors in Louisville’s West End, volunteer Harriett Rankin helped residents board a long white van to get their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Rankin has been with Black Lives Matter Louisville for about a year. She’s been to some protests downtown, many of which BLM Louisville […]

Fully Vaccinated People Can Stop Wearing Masks Indoors And Outdoors, CDC Says

Updated May 13, 2021 at 4:53 PM ET WASHINGTON  — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that fully vaccinated adults can safely resume activities indoors or outdoors without masks or distancing, in gatherings large or small. The announcement marks a major milestone in the effort to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic in the […]

Anxiety Expected As Life Starts Return To Normal From Pandemic

INDIANAPOLIS — Myranda Tetzlaff is a 25-year-old who has two pit bull mixes named Bub and Goose. She takes them on long walks for exercise. But she recently caught herself backing out of a hike— because she was afraid of seeing other people on the trail. Listen to this story here. “Oh, it’s nice outside, […]

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine And Blood Clots: What You Need To Know

Updated 12:50 p.m. ET WASHINGTON — Federal health officials have called for a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, after reports that six women who got the vaccine developed blood clots afterward. Close to 7 million people have gotten this vaccine in the U.S. to date. The Centers for Disease Control […]

217 Today — March 31, 2021

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 https://will.illinois.edu/nfs/217Today3-31-21.mp3 Today’s headlines: Illinois Republicans are again calling for an independent commission to draw Illinois’ new legislative maps. A bill introduced in the Illinois House earlier this year would require the state to tackle gun violence as a public health issue. Dozens of people gathered outside the Champaign City Building Tuesday […]

ISU President: Universities Want IDPH To Require Vaccination For Fall Attendance

NORMAL — Illinois State University and other public higher education institutions want the Illinois Department of Public Health to require students be vaccinated for COVID-19 if they attend classes in the fall. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wglt/audio/2021/03/segment_1_all_students_vaccinated.mp3 Listen to this story here. During an Academic Senate meeting last week, ISU President Larry Dietz provided an update on whether students […]