CHICAGO – All Illinois residents will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, beginning next Monday.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) made the announcement Monday, after it was announced more than 80 counties across Illinois have expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to residents 16 years and older.
Among them, including Kankakee, Iroquois and Grundy counties.
“IDPH authorized all local health departments seeing early signs of unfilled appointments to begin vaccinating all residents 16 and older at their immediate discretion, in order to use their vaccine as quickly as possible and mitigate a rise in new COVID-19 cases.” IDPH said in a statement Monday. “All Illinois residents will be eligible to receive the vaccine beginning next Monday, April 12, 2021.”
It will be the first time all residents will be fully open to receive the vaccine, regardless of pre-existing conditions or age restrictions.
To date, 7.3 million Illinois residents have received doses of a vaccine.
Monday, IDPH announced 2,102 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 11 additional deaths.