COVID-19 in Illinois: Vaccine eligibility expanded to residents 16 and older in local counties

Wabash Valley COVID-19 updates

FILE – In this Jan. 22, 2021, file photo, empty vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are seen at a vaccination center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to include Jasper County among those vaccinating residents 16 and up.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Clark, Crawford, Edgar, Jasper, Lawrence and Richland counties are among the more than 80 Illinois counties to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all residents 16 years and older, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. 

IDPH authorized all local health departments seeing early signs of unfilled appointments to begin vaccinating all residents 16 and older at their immediate discretion, in order to use their vaccine as quickly as possible and mitigate a rise in new COVID-19 cases.

All Illinois residents will be eligible to receive the vaccine beginning next Monday.  On that date, all state-supported mass vaccination sites, local health departments, pharmacy partners – in short, every jurisdiction that receives vaccine from the State of Illinois’ allocation – will be instructed to fully open eligibility.

A total of 7,335,385 doses of vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois.  In addition, approximately 448,830 doses total have been allocated to the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership Program for long-term care facilities. This brings the total Illinois doses to 7,784,215. 

A total of 6,318,070 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of Sunday, including 368,300 for long-term care facilities. 

The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 105,779 doses. Sunday, 27,248 doses were reported administered in Illinois; however, reporting by some providers may be delayed for Sunday.

IDPH Monday reported 2,102 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease throughout the state, including 11 additional deaths.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,258,736 cases, including 21,384 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 59,586 specimens for a total of 20,686,198. 

As of Sunday night, 1,581 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 358 patients were in the ICU and 159 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from March 29-April 4 is 3.8%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from March 29-April 4 is 4.5%.

For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov.



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