Madison and St. Clair County health officials recently announced they are expanding vaccine eligibility to include anyone over the age of 16. 


The only vaccination criteria listed on Madison County’s website is to be at least 16 and to have proof of Illinois residency or employment. 16 and 17-year-olds are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine and must be accompanied by an adult. 


The news comes as vaccines are becoming more and more available in the U.S. and in Illinois. As of today, over 100,000 vaccination doses have been given in Madison County. 


However, the number of vaccines available isn’t the only thing that’s increasing. From March 8-18, hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Illinois increased, along with positive test results, which have increased from 2.5 percent to 3.3 percent. The Illinois Department of Public Health urges all who are eligible to get vaccinated. 


To schedule a vaccination appointment, head to Madison County’s website or St. Clair County’s website.

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