Illinois to expand vaccine eligibility to those 16+ on April 12

Published: Mar. 18, 2021 at 12:30 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 18, 2021 at 1:22 PM CDT
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Ill. (KWQC) - Illinois Governor JB Pritzker on Thursday announced vaccines will be available for those 16+ starting April 12.

Governor Pritzker announced in December the first weekly shipment that arrived to the state was around 109,000 doses. This week, Governor Pritzker said more than 800,000 doses were delivered to Illinois.

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“Based on current projections we expect that that number will surpass 1 million doses in April,” the governor said in a press conference Thursday. “The Biden Administration has met or exceeded all of its vaccine projections to date and I have every confidence that they will continue to do so.”

Governor Pritzker said he is directing every jurisdiction that receives an allotment of the vaccine through the state to expand eligibility to all residents who are 16 and older on Monday, April 12.

“The includes local health departments, state-supported mass vaccination sites, pharmacy partners and other providers,” Governor Pritzker said. “Additionally, to ensure our more vulnerable residents are prioritized, Dr. (Ngozi) Ezike and I will be announcing additional populations who will be made eligible for vaccination prior to April 12.”

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