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Illinois’ latest vaccination update shows the state has topped 125,000 doses so far as part of its vaccine rollout.
But new concerns over whether the vaccines are being administered fast enough have sparked questions.
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic across the state of Illinois today (Dec. 30):
Jewel-Osco Says Free Vaccines ‘Coming Soon’
Jewel-Osco is preparing to receive doses of the coronavirus vaccine, saying in an email to customers that free vaccines were “coming soon.”
According to the grocery chain’s website, COVID-19 vaccines will be coming to its pharmacies in the near future. People are being urged to sign up for vaccine information.
Pritzker: More Than 125,000 Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Administered in Illinois
Amid growing concerns about the slow rollout of the coronavirus vaccine in the United States, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office says that more than 125,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered so far in the state.
According to the latest figures, 126,211 doses have been administered statewide since they were first delivered earlier this month.
The state has thus far received 108,225 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, with 161,400 doses of the Moderna vaccine also shipped to the state so far. Those numbers do not include the doses that have been sent to the city of Chicago, according to officials.
According to Bloomberg, of the 124,425 doses of the vaccine that Chicago has received so far, just 20,353 have been administered to patients, reflective of a growing problem where doses of the vaccine could potentially expire before they are administered.
Chicago Public Schools Releases New Details on Reopening Plan
Chicago Public Schools released new details for its reopening plan in the new year as the coronavirus pandemic continues, aiming to bring in students as soon as Jan. 11.
For staff members who applied for non-medical accommodations as students begin to return, CPS said the district is providing additional supports such as COVID-19 testing and launching a process to ensure employees who serve as primary caregivers for high-risk household members are granted accommodations.
“While the district cannot guarantee every one of these caregiver requests will be granted a remote work accommodation, we expect that we will grant the vast majority of their requests,” CPS said.
For any staff who indicated that childcare is a barrier for them returning to in-person work, the district said they can request for their child to attend the student’s regular school four days per week instead of two. CPS reminded that students in grades K through 8 will attend school two days per week in the hybrid model.
“Health and safety are the district’s highest priorities and accommodations for remote work have been granted to all teachers and staff…