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Illinois adopts CDC recommendation for COVID-19 booster shots for children ages 12-15

The Illinois Department of Public Health has adopted the CDC’s recommendation for children ages 12-15 to get their COVID-19 booster vaccine, the department announced. On Wednesday, the Center for Disease and Prevention Control (CDC) endorsed their Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ recommendation to expand eligibility of booster doses to those 12 to 15 years old. […]

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‘This pandemic is surging’: Gov. Pritzker announces Illinois will double personnel at testing, vaccination sites

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced on Monday that Illinois will double personnel at regional COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites as he urged residents to get vaccinated and get their boosters. “I’m here today because once again this pandemic is surging and threatening the health of Illinoisans,” Pritzker said as he began a press conference Monday afternoon […]

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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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Lake County leads all of Illinois’ 102 counties in vaccinating kids ages 5-11 against COVID-19

Lake County is leading all of Illinois’ 102 counties in vaccinating children ages 5-11, with more than 20% who have received their first dose, state data shows. Data updated on Friday from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) shows 20.55% of children in Lake County in the 5-11 age range received their first dose […]

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Lake, McHenry county health departments urge parents to get their kids ages 5-11 vaccinated against COVID

The health departments in Lake and McHenry counties are urging parents to get their kids ages 5-11 vaccinated after the CDC authorized the COVID vaccine for the age group this week. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to include children ages 5-11. On Tuesday, […]

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Gov. Pritzker says school COVID-19 vaccination mandate would have to go through Illinois legislature

(The Center Square) – As the vaccine rollout for children ages 5-11 begins, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said that a COVID-19 vaccine mandate in schools has not been ruled out and it would have to go through the legislature. In California, COVID-19 vaccines will be added to the state’s list of immunizations required for school attendance. […]

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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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Gov. Pritzker announces COVID-19 vaccine-or-testing mandate for all daycare center staff in Illinois

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced he has issued an executive order mandating all daycare center workers in Illinois be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine or be tested weekly. Over 55,000 daycare center staff statewide will now be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if they have not done so already. Employees in licensed daycare settings […]

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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 […]