The Biden Administration May Recommend COVID Boosters After 8 Months

WASHINGTON — Fully vaccinated Americans could be rolling up their sleeves for another dose of the coronavirus vaccine as soon as next month. The Biden administration is close to advising fully vaccinated Americans get COVID-19 booster shots eight months after their last vaccine. A source familiar with the discussions among administration health experts said this […]

U.S. VA, Pritzker Promise Fix For Veterans Initially Left Out Of Ill. Vaccine Lottery

SPRINGFIELD – The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs is deploying a fix so the more than 89,000 veterans, veteran spouses and others who received their COVID vaccines at federal VA facilities have a chance at winning Illinois’ vaccine lottery. Gov. JB Pritzker last week announced Illinois’ “All In For The Win” lottery promotion, which will give […]

Vaccinated Illinoisans Automatically Entered Into $10 Million Lottery

SPRINGFIELD – Any vaccinated Illinoisan will be automatically entered into a lottery for $10 million in prizes without having to take any extra steps to enter. Gov. JB Pritzker announced the “all in for the win” vaccine lottery at an event in Chicago, noting it would award $7 million in cash prizes for adults 18 […]

Misinformation, Fewer Resources Hurting Vaccination Rates In Vermilion County

DANVILLE – According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 50.55 percent of Illinoisans eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines have received them as of June 7, 2021. In Champaign County, 49.75 percent are vaccinated. But in Vermilion County, only 29 percent of people eligible to receive the vaccine have been immunized. Illinois Newsroom’s Tinisha Spain […]

Illinois Making Vaccine Available To Weekend Travelers

SPRINGFIELD — COVID-19 vaccines will be available to Memorial Day weekend travelers up and down Illinois. The state announced clinics at Union Station in Chicago and four TravelCenters of America locations in Mount Vernon, Troy, Effingham and Bloomington. Wally’s and Hy-Vee are also offering a clinic for travelers along Interstate 55 near Pontiac. Travelers will […]

COVID-19 Vaccination Walk-In Clinics Scheduled Thursday & Friday

CHAMPAIGN – People in Champaign and Macon counties are welcome to receive COVID-19 vaccines at clinics in Champaign on Thursday and Decatur on Friday. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District will hold a free walk-in vaccine clinic at Salem Baptist Church in the 5th & Hill Neighborhood of Champaign on Thursday from 2:00 to 6:30 p.m. […]

Lincoln Library Offers Free Ticket With Proof Of Vaccination

SPRINGFIELD — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is offering free admission to people vaccinated against COVID-19. Officials at the museum in Springfield, Ill. announced this week that the offer is good throughout May and June. Anyone who has received at least one shot is eligible to get a free ticket at the museum’s […]

New State Program Aims For ‘One-On-One Connections’ In Communities To Combat COVID-19

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker announced a new state program Monday that aims to increase vaccine access in low-income, vulnerable communities and to connect residents across the state to COVID-19 assistance programs for transportation, food, utilities or other resources. The COVID-19 Pandemic Health Navigator Program serves areas of the state outside of Chicago and Cook […]

Quarter of Illinois’ Population Fully Vaccinated

SPRINGFIELD — Nearly one quarter of the state’s population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data released Friday by the Illinois Department of Public Health. With more than 3.18 million state residents fully vaccinated, the percentage of fully vaccinated Illinoisans has reached 24.95 percent as of Thursday. The state has administered 7,779,290 doses of […]

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 […]