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Gov. Pritzker Announces Metrics-Based Pathway for Illinois to Fully Reopen; Expands Vaccine Eligibility to All Residents 16+ on April 12

| Mar 18, 2021

Governor Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike today announced a metrics-based, vaccination-informed framework for Illinois to advance to Phase 5 of the state's Restore Illinois Plan, our new normal. In recognition of an increasing national vaccine supply and the state now averaging 100,000 vaccine...[ Read More ]

Protect Chicago Plus partners with UI Health in vaccine rollout effort

Mansur Shaheen | Mar 17, 2021

University of Illinois (UI) Health and Protect Chicago Plus have partnered to deliver 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines to residents of the Englewood neighborhoods in Chicago. They opened a temporary vaccine clinic at the Mile Square Health Center-Englewood earlier this month. The move comes as many Black and poorer neighborhoods have been...[ Read More ]

Nine rural Illinois hospitals chosen for vaccine equity program

Mansur Shaheen | Mar 12, 2021

Nine critical access hospitals in Illinois have been selected as a part of the Safety Net Direct Vaccine Allocation Pilot program. The program will target health centers and hospitals in rural areas to ensure an equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Governor J.B. Pritzker said about the program in a...[ Read More ]

Illinois Partners with Community Health Care Inc. to Expand Equitable Distribution of Vaccine in the Quad Cities

| Mar 4, 2021

Building on existing efforts to ensure equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health today announced a new partnership with Community Health Care Inc. to administer vaccines to residents in the Quad Cities. The partnership is part of a broader pilot program...[ Read More ]

Analysis of Chicago vaccine distribution finds large racial disparities

Mansur Shaheen | Feb 15, 2021

An analysis of Chicago vaccine distribution data by USA Today shows that there are large racial disparities in who is receiving the COVID-19 vaccine across the city. Primarily white zip codes are disproportionately receiving doses of the vaccine compared to those that are primarily Black or Latino. Zip codes that...[ Read More ]

Illinois to expand vaccine eligibility; Cook county not to follow changes

Mansur Shaheen | Feb 11, 2021

Illinois residents under the age of 65 with pre-existing medical conditions will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine after Governor J.B. Pritzker expanded Phase 1B of the vaccine rollout. Pregnant women and people with cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other comorbidities will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine...[ Read More ]