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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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Over 400 employees at Advocate Aurora Health fired for not complying with COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Advocate Aurora Health, which operates hospitals in Libertyville, Barrington and throughout the Chicago area, has fired more than 400 employees who refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine. In early August, Advocate Aurora Health announced they were requiring all team members to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 15, saying their decision “underlines safety as the […]

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Algonquin-based School District 300 says board members and staff have faced threats, abuse over COVID-19 plans

The president of the board for Algonquin-based School District 300 said employees and board members in the district have faced threats and abuse since the beginning of the school year. District 300 Board President Dr. David Scarpino began the board of education’s Tuesday meeting detailing the abuse and threats. Since the start of the school […]

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Lawsuit asks judge to block Gov. Pritzker’s vaccine mandate for two school districts

Four west suburban school staff members have filed a lawsuit seeking to block Gov. JB Pritzker’s vaccine mandate in their school districts. Attorney Patrick J. Walsh of Griffin Williams McMahon & Walsh law firm filed the lawsuit in Kane County Circuit Court against Community Unit School Districts 303 and 304 in St. Charles and Geneva, […]

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Illinois adopts CDC recommendations for COVID-19 booster shots for certain residents

The Illinois Department of Public Health has adopted the CDC’s recommendations for certain populations to receive COVID-19 booster shots six months after getting vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people ages 65 and older, 18 and older in long-term care settings and ages 50-64 with underlying medical conditions should receive […]

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Gov. Pritzker warns of “significant mitigations” if COVID-19 cases in Illinois do not decline

Gov. J.B. Pritzker warned Tuesday that “significantly greater mitigations” could be imposed if COVID metrics don’t improve in the state after health officials flagged Lake and McHenry counties for rising hospitalizations. “If we are not able to bring these numbers down, if hospitals continue to fill, if the hospital beds and ICUs get full like […]

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Illinois officials announce 2 winners in latest vaccine lottery drawing are from Lake County

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 22 people that won $100,000 each in the state’s latest vaccine lottery drawing. Two of the winners are from Lake County. The state’s “All In for the Win” vaccine lottery is entering its final stretch, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said, adding that 22 lucky winners […]