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Gov. Pritzker says widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccine, treatments needed before state can lift restrictions

(The Center Square) – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plan to reopen Illinois with no restrictions, or Phase 5, is having a vaccine or therapeutic for COVID-19 “widely available,” the governor said Monday. He did not give a timeline for when that would be. A 12-member state legislative panel Tuesday could take up a new emergency […]

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Health department rolls out COVID-19 vaccination enrollment portal for McHenry County residents

As COVID-19 vaccination moves into its next phases in Illinois, the McHenry County health department has launched an enrollment portal for McHenry County residents who want to sign up for the vaccine. Illinois is currently in Phase 1A of its coronavirus vaccination rollout, which includes frontline healthcare workers and long-term care residents. Phases 1B includes […]

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Over 175,000 Lake County residents register with health department’s COVID-19 vaccination portal

Over 175,000 people — about 25% of Lake County’s population — have signed up online to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the health department. “There has been incredible interest expressed in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine from those who live and work in Lake County,” the Lake County Health Department said in a statement Thursday. […]

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Gov. Pritzker says Illinois regions, including Lake and McHenry counties, may soon lift Tier 3 restrictions

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced that all 11 Illinois regions, including Lake and McHenry counties, could have their Tier 3 restrictions lifted by next week if they meet the required metrics. In mid-November, Pritzker moved all the regions to Tier 3 level, which is the strictest mitigation before a stay-at-home order, in an effort to “suppress […]

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Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville to resume COVID-19 vaccinations after adverse reactions

COVID-19 vaccinations will resume Sunday at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville after they were paused due to four employees who suffered negative reactions. The four employees are among approximately 6,000 Advocate employees who have received the vaccine so far. Advocate Aurora Health Dr. Robert Citronberg said Saturday afternoon that health officials, including the CDC, […]

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Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville pauses COVID-19 vaccinations after adverse reactions

Four employees at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville suffered adverse reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine, leading the hospital to temporarily pause vaccinations. The four employees account for fewer than 0.15% of the approximately 3,000 Advocate employees who have received the vaccine so far, Advocate Aurora Health said in a statement. Officials said that the […]

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Illinois preparing for 80 percent COVID-19 vaccination rate as soon as vaccine available

(The Center Square) – Local health departments in Illinois are gearing up to begin accepting COVID-19 vaccines for when they become available, and the state has a goal of vaccinating 80 percent of the population. During a situation update last month with local stakeholders across the state, Illinois Department of Public Health Dr. Carla Little […]