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State officials celebrate 1-year anniversary of first COVID-19 vaccinations in Illinois, urge residents to get booster

State officials are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 vaccinations in Illinois and are urging fully-vaccinated residents to receive their booster shots. On December 15, 2020, around 450 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines were administered to health care workers after the first doses were delivered to the state the day before. Since […]

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‘Delay travel until you are fully vaccinated’: Illinois health officials issue guidance for holiday season

The Illinois Department of Public Health has issued new guidance for the upcoming holiday season, urging travelers to delay travel until fully vaccinated or to get tested for COVID-19 if unvaccinated. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said their updated guidance is to “help people celebrate more safely as we continue to battle the […]

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Gov. Pritzker, Illinois state health officials unveil plan for vaccinating children aged 5 to 11

(The Center Square) – The state of Illinois is readying plans to vaccinate school-aged children younger than 12 against the coronavirus, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said on Monday. The Food and Drug Administration’s panel of advisors is scheduled to debate on Tuesday whether the Pfizer shots are ready for the country’s roughly 28 million children ages […]

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15 COVID-19 outbreaks reported in McHenry County schools this month; 2 reported in Lake County schools

The state health department has reported 15 COVID-19 outbreaks in McHenry County schools and two outbreaks in Lake County schools so far in September. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) provides data on school outbreaks in an online dashboard, which is updated once a week. IDPH includes outbreaks “that have been identified by the […]

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Anyone in Illinois can now get tested for COVID-19; Waukegan testing site moves locations

State officials announced that anyone, even those without symptoms, can now get tested for COVID-19 at Illinois drive-thru testing sites. “As we move through the Restore Illinois plan, and into a full reopening of the state, testing will be crucial to identifying new cases and taking immediate action to prevent additional spread,” the Department of […]