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Cook County opens vaccination to people under 65 with medical conditions

Cook County opens vaccination to people under 65 with medical conditions

  • Posted by Barrington Hills
  • On March 17, 2021

Daily Herald  |  Jake Griffin  |  March 17, 2021

 

Suburban Cook County residents who are ages 16 to 65 and have certain medical conditions will be eligible for vaccination with appointments available online on Friday.

Newly eligible people should sign up in advance at vaccine.cookcountyil.gov. Cook County Health will release new appointments at noon Friday.

The so-called Phase 1B-plus includes people with cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, diabetes, heart conditions, immunocompromised from organ transplant, obesity, pulmonary disease and sickle cell disease as well as individuals with disabilities, pregnant women and smokers.

The change affects suburban vaccine providers who receive vaccine from the Cook County Department of Public Health as well as state-supported Cook County mass vaccination sites in Des Plaines, Tinley Park, River Grove and South Holland.

The state moved into Phase 1B-plus several weeks ago, but Cook County delayed, saying too many people over 65 still were unable to access shots. Other suburban counties did the same.

“Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen great progress in vaccinating vulnerable groups in Phase 1B, including our seniors. This is reflected in the numbers, which indicate that more than 68% of individuals 65 and older in suburban Cook County have received at least one dose,” said Dr. Rachel Rubin, senior medical officer and co-lead, Cook County Department of Public Health.

Meanwhile, state health officials announced Wednesday 102,390 more COVID-19 vaccine inoculations have been administered statewide.

That brings the number of vaccine doses administered throughout the state to 4,283,487, while 1,605,112 Illinois residents and workers have been fully vaccinated, according to Illinois Department of Public Health records.

Illinois vaccine providers are now averaging 102,223 inoculations a day over the past week, records show.

State officials reported an additional 119,600 vaccine doses arrived in Illinois Tuesday. Illinois has now received 5,516,725 doses of the three brands of vaccines, 77.6% of which have been put into arms, IDPH figures show.

Meanwhile, IDPH officials also reported 17 more COVID-19 deaths, as well as 1,655 new cases of the disease.

That brings the state’s death toll from the virus to 20,988, with 1,213,765 Illinois residents who have been infected since the outset of the pandemic.

Hospitals statewide are treating 1,143 patients for COVID-19 infections. Of those hospitalized, 259 are in intensive care.

The statewide seven-day case positivity rate is at 2.2%. The percentage indicates how many of the tests taken resulted in a new case of the disease being diagnosed. A seven-day average is used to smooth any anomalies in the daily reporting of new cases and test results.