Illinois lowers minimum age for next vaccination phase to 65
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has expanded eligibility for the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout to include all Illinoisans aged 65 or older. Pritzker revealed the change at a press conference on Thursday.
Phase 1B of the vaccination process was initially set to include Illinoisans 75 and older. The phase is now set to include over 3 million people. The phase will also include essential workers who can not work from home, including first responders, teachers, postal workers, grocery store workers and public transit workers.
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Pritzker said there is no timetable for when Phase 1B will begin as the state is still working to vaccinate those in Phase 1A. The first phase of the vaccine rollout includes frontline health care workers, long term care facility residents and long term care staff.
Over 700,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Illinois since the vaccine rollout began in mid-December. The state has used over a quarter of their allocation from the federal government.