Over 70,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Given In Suburban Cook County

Jonah Meadows

COOK COUNTY, IL — More than 16,000 people in suburban Cook County have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus as of Wednesday, just over a month after federal authorities approved the first vaccine. That represents about two-thirds of 1 percent of the county’s total population.

About 37,000 other suburban Cook County residents have received just the first dose of the vaccine, with a total of over 70,000 doses administered in the county as of Wednesday morning, according to statistics from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The rate of getting vaccines into peoples' arms has accelerated in suburban Cook County, the state’s data shows. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered stood at 4,718 people a day Tuesday, up from 2,120 a week prior.

More than 33,000 people in Cook County (including Chicago) are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, but no one had received both doses of the vaccine in Clark County, in East Central Illinois, by Wednesday, public health data shows.

Cook was followed by DuPage (33,950), Will (19,584), Lake (16,884) and Kane (12,622) as the counties with the highest number of vaccinations administered.

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More than 384,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine were administered statewide as of Wednesday.

About 49,000 doses were given to residents and staff at Illinois long-term-care facilities through a federal program run by CVS and Walgreens, which reports data to the state every two weeks.

Almost all of those who received the vaccine are health care workers or residents of long-term-care facilities, who were prioritized under the first phase of the vaccine rollout.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday he expects to announce a timeline for Phase 1B later this week. About 3.2 million people will be eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine in Phase 1B, including Illinois residents 65 and older and front-line essential workers, as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the IDPH.

Residents who were eligible to receive a vaccine during Phase 1a but did not can "opt in" for a vaccine at any point, Pritzker said.

The state public health department has not released ZIP code level vaccine data, although the Chicago Department of Public Health has done so.

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This article originally appeared on the Wilmette-Kenilworth Patch