State Tops Single-Day Vaccine Record At 154,201 As Universal Eligibility Nears

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker reiterated Thursday that all Illinois residents age 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday, April 12, as vaccine supply – but also virus transmission rates and hospitalizations – continues to increase. More than 80 of the state’s 102 counties have already opened eligibility to […]

Harris: Vaccinated Can Be ‘Role Models’ For Friends, Family

CHICAGO — Vice President Kamala Harris is urging Chicago union members to share their experience receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and act as “role models” for family and friends who may be reluctant even as Illinois prepares to open access to all adults. Harris on Tuesday visited a vaccination site in Chicago that opened last week […]

200 Million: Biden Issues New Vaccine Goal During His 1st Press Conference

WASHINGTON – President Biden is doubling his original COVID-19 vaccination goal to 200 million shots in arms by his 100th day in office — which is about a month from now — he said in the first news conference of his presidency on Thursday. When he entered office, Biden said his goal was 100 million vaccine […]

Pritzker Vaccinated As Positivity Rate Rises

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker received a COVID-19 vaccine and briefly took questions from reporters at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Wednesday as the state’s seven-day rolling average COVID-19 positivity rate ticked up to its highest point since Feb. 11. The 2.8 percent case positivity rate represented an increase of 0.3 percent from the day prior […]

Illinois To Expand Vaccine Eligibility Ahead of April 12 Universal Rollout

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Friday that more groups of people will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations ahead of April 12 when everyone over age 16 will become eligible. Starting Monday, March 22, higher education staff, government workers and members of the media will be eligible to receive shots. A […]

Some Illinois Clinics Serving Vulnerable Communities Still Waiting On COVID Vaccines

MURPHYSBORO – Some who work for clinics targeting vulnerable, hard-to-reach populations say they would like to play a bigger role in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. But those clinics are still waiting to get access to doses. Karla Grathler is the coordinator of the Farmworker Health Program at Shawnee Health Service, a community health center […]

Nearly 1,300 Champaign Unit 4 Schools Staff Members Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

CHAMPAIGN – Earlier this month, 1,291 teachers and other staff members at Champaign Unit 4 Schools received their first dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. This week, they return for a second dose. Dozens of staff members and some members of the community filed in and out of Centennial High School on Monday. They […]

Ask The Newsroom: COVID-19 Vaccines, Contact Tracing And Data, COVID-19 Prevention

The Illinois Newsroom team is answering questions to help Illinois residents navigate this unprecedented time. Have a question you want to be answered? Ask here. Below you’ll find answers to questions about COVID-19 vaccines, schools and their response to the pandemic, as well as business and government aid.  Please note: This information is accurate as […]