Illinois announces first Shipment of COVID Vaccine received

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CHICAGO – On a day when Illinois surpassed 850,000 cases in the pandemic, the first shipment of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at the Illinois Strategic National Stockpile (SNS).

State of Illinois officials made the announcement early Monday afternoon.  Illinois received 43,000 doses in the first shipment with the majority going to the SNS to be distributed around the state to local health departments.

“Today marks a momentous occasion – not just this year, but in American history. Eleven months after scientists the world over first got their hands on the genetic sequence of this virus – and we are seeing the beginning of the end of this pandemic,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “I want to offer my gratitude not only to the researchers who fueled this moment, but also to all the truck drivers, pilots, logistics specialists, warehouse operations managers, and law enforcement officers who have spent the last few days and weeks deploying the largest national mission in a generation. May we all take a moment to feel hope today.” 

Chicago received a direct shipment from the federal government today as well. As of last night, 4,951 in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1,070 patients were in the ICU and 621 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

Four additional local health departments around the state will also receive direct shipments from the federal government later this week: Cook County Department of Public Health, Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center, Madison County Health Department, and St. Clair County Health Department. These direct shipments account for the state’s initial expected allocation of 100,000 doses.  

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