Pritzker Proclaims New Vaccination Web site in Aurora; State prepares for Johnson & Johnson vaccine | Coronavirus

SPRINGFIELD – Governor JB Pritzker announced Tuesday the opening of a new mass vaccination facility in Aurora that will focus on equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to the black community as supply increases.

Black Vax Aurora, a coalition of black churches, organizations, community advocates and elected officials, opened a vaccination clinic in the cathedral of Grace St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church in Aurora on Tuesday.

“People of color suffer disproportionately from pre-existing conditions, which makes COVID-19 more dangerous for them,” said Pritzker at a press conference to announce the opening. “Black Vax Aurora recognizes this and is open to people of all ages … with pre-existing conditions. This is important to improve equity in vaccine administration. “

The new location will receive vaccination doses from the Kane and DuPage counties’ health departments.

Cases and hospital stays continue to decline as the nationwide positivity rate remained at 2.4 percent for seven days on Tuesday for the fourth straight year. The Illinois Department of Health reported 1,577 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, with 56,181 test results reported, including 47 additional deaths.

1,231 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized on Monday evening. Of these, 281 patients were reported on intensive care beds and 148 on ventilators. The hospital bed and intensive care unit use were both the lowest since the state began reporting the numbers in April.

Meanwhile, the 7-day moving average of vaccines administered reached its highest ever level of 80,416 doses. 61,061 doses were administered in Illinois on Monday. As of Monday evening, a total of 2.8 million vaccine doses had been administered across the state, including 324,827 for long-term care facilities.

Pritzker said at the news conference Tuesday that one in six Illinois residents received their first dose of the vaccine. A total of 6.8 percent of the population received both doses.

“With the White House’s public pledges to send an average of at least 100,000 cans a day to Illinois by mid-March, we’re getting closer and closer to widespread availability. We all want that, ”said Pritzker.

IDPH has reported more than 1.18 million cases of COVID-19 in total, of which a total of 18.2 million test results have been reported, including 20,583 deaths since the pandemic began.

The state health department expects 83,000 doses of the one-off Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Wednesday, which the US Food and Drug Administration approved for emergency use over the weekend.

“The new Johnson & Johnson vaccine is being distributed for use at mass vaccination sites across the state so we can maximize their capacity and vaccinate as many eligible Illinois people as possible so we can win the race against the new virus variants and end this pandemic” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike in a press release.

According to a press release, more than 90 percent of the 83,000 doses of the new vaccine will be distributed to mass vaccination sites across the state. The new cans are in addition to the roughly 288,000 cans that the federal government allocated to the state this week. Chicago also receives its own allocation of COVID-19 vaccines from the federal government.

Officials also announced on Tuesday that Illinois residents 65 and older will be able to schedule vaccination appointments at the United Center in Chicago starting Thursday. According to a press release, there are more than 100,000 dates available.

The United Center site will have the capacity to deliver 6,000 doses per day from a direct federal supply of vaccines.

Seniors will be given priority planning until March 7th, when the remaining eligible Phase 1B plus residents can also start planning their appointments. The site will open on March 10th.

The people who are eligible for phase 1B-plus include employees who do not work in health care, inmates and people aged 16 and over with underlying illnesses.

Eligible residents can make an appointment online or register by phone at 312-746-4835. For more information on the location of the vaccination center and how to schedule an appointment in a specific area, please visit coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/.

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