Chicago will follow Biden’s new goal of expanding vaccine eligibility to residents 16 and up by April 19


CHICAGO  During a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Lightfoot announced that Chicago will meet President Biden’s timeline and offer vaccines to all residents 16 and over by April 19.

The president made the announcement Tuesday and also revealed that 80% of teachers, child care workers and school personnel had gotten their first shot, a key goal for reopening schools in many states across the country.

Dr. Arwady said in the press conference that officials were already planning on moving up the timeline before Biden’s announcement.

The Illinois Department of Public Health Tuesday reported 2,931 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including 13 additional deaths.

The deaths were reported in the following counties:

Cook County: 2 males 40s, 1 male 70s
– Knox County: 1 female 80s
– Lake County: 1 male 50s
– Livingston County: 1 female 90s
– Massac County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s
– Rock Island County: 1 male 50s
– Shelby County: 1 female 60s
– Union County: 1 male 60s
– Will County: 1 male 40s
– Winnebago County: 1 male 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,261,667 cases, including 21,395 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 51,625 specimens for a total of 20,737,823. 

As of Monday night, 1,648 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 357 patients were in the ICU and 143 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from March 30-April 5, 2021 is 3.9%.  The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from March 30-April 5, 2021 is 4.5%.

The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses for Illinois is 8,061,075. 

This number includes doses allocated for the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership Program for long-term care facilities, which effectively has ended. 

A total of 6,413,258 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight. 

The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 106,976 doses.  On Monday, 95,188 doses were reported administered in Illinois.

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