Illinois preparing for 80 percent COVID-19 vaccination rate as soon as vaccine available

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(The Center Square) – It’s not ready yet, but local health departments in Illinois are gearing up to begin accepting COVID-19 vaccines for when they become available, and the state has a goal of vaccinating 80 percent of the population.During a situation update last month with local stakeholders across the state, Illinois Department of Public Health Dr. Carla Little said initial vaccine supplies will be limited, and the focus will be on a priority group like health care workers and long term care facilities.But, eventually, they hope to have mass vaccination as supplies allow.“We know so far from the federal government, from CDC, is they’re asking us to prepare to administer possibly two doses of the vaccine to 80 percent of our population,” Little said.There are several types of vaccines working through the final stages of clinical trials. Some could be available as early as next month.“We’re not sure exactly what we will receive when we receive it but expect it to be one of these types,” Little said.Supplies could be available as early as next month, with even more throughout 2021. But, Little said there could be less demand.“As we did during the …

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