Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently announced that Illinois will begin to increase eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine due to an increased supply.
According to Pritzker, all Illinoisans outside of Chicago over 16 years of age will be eligible to receive the vaccine beginning on April 12.
As of today, eligibility is expanded to the media and higher education staff. This will expand further on March 29 to food and beverage workers.
Pritzker also said they will continue to expand the frequency in which vaccines are given with additional help from the Illinois National Guard.
Jerry Nowicki of Capitol News Illinois reported that the state will update its mitigation policy to exclude those who have proof of vaccination or test negative within three days of attendance from capacity limits.
Capitol News Illinois also reported that capacity limits are set to increase when Pritzker’s proposed “bridge phase” takes effect as soon as 70 percent of Illinois seniors age 65 older have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
More information regarding the recent announcement can be found on the Illinois COVID-19 reponse site.