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Roughly 60% of Kankakee County is still not fully vaccinated

Some blame placed on vaccine age restrictions

KANKAKEE – Roughly 60% of Kankakee County residents are still not fully vaccinated as Illinois is quickly approaching the anniversary of the arrival of the life-saving drug in the state.

The Kankakee County Health Department (KCHD) reported the numbers Wednesday, announcing 87,086 vaccine doses given locally, yet only 40.03% of county residents are fully vaccinated.  

Some officials have placed blame age restrictions from the vaccines. Since September 3rd, 128 new cases have been confirmed locally, with at least 33 residents under 18.

Currently, only ages 12 and up are available for the vaccine.

As of Tuesday, there were 1,315 active cases of COVID-19 in Kankakee County. Over 16,100 cases have been reported locally since the pandemic began. The County entered a level of “substantial transmission” at the beginning of August it has yet to escape.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, from August 22nd to August 28th, over 3,600 tests were administered in Kankakee County, with an over 8% positivity resulting from those tests.

The Health Department will be on-site at Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School to administer vaccines on September 11th from 9 to noon. To make an appointment, you can call 815-802-9449.

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