COVID-19 vaccine eligibility is expanding in Illinois and Indiana and Cook County is announcing plans a new mass vaccination site in Forest Park.
JESSE KIRSCH: Tanya, multiple groups are going to be looking at possible expanded eligibility, depending on where you live in the state, starting today, and this site, which opens on Friday, according to the governor, will immediately allow hundreds more people to get shots each day. This is the fifth mass vaccination site for Cook County unveiled as suburban Cook County today expands eligibility to people in group 1B plus. That's anyone 16 and older with certain underlying health conditions.
The county also now receiving extra doses for its state run mass vaccination sites. So that it can offer shots to all Illinois residents and groups 1A, 1B, and 1B plus. Also, new today, Illinois, at large, expanding eligibility to higher education staff, government workers, and members of the media in more than 900 locations statewide. A short time ago, the governor, though, speaking to concerns of people previously eligible, still eligible, who are still trying to get a shot of their own.
JB PRITZKER: It is true that we don't have enough vaccine anywhere in the nation to satisfy demand. However, we're not in the next phase of eligibility for everybody 16 and over yet. We have three more weeks, and during this period, there are a number of particular clinics focused on those who are 65 and over.
- Cook County says, with enough supply, as many as 5,000 shots will get in arms here at this new site each day, but again, that depends on supply. The governor, though, hopeful that with Johnson and Johnson vaccine doses arriving next week, he says, in the millions, that will be that many more people who can start getting vaccinated as we move closer to universal eligibility here in the state, which is expected sometime next month. Around April 12 is the date that has been given.