State officials announced today (Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020) that Illinois health officials will work with local health departments to development a framework for rolling out a COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes available.
Gov. JB Pritzker made the announcement in a 2:30 p.m. news conference.
“Our framework is designed to provide an equitable distribution across the state, with priority access going to our most vulnerable populations — including frontline healthcare workers, first responders who treat COVID patients, and staff and residents in long-term care facilities.
Pritzker said the Illinois Department of Public Health is coordinating with qualified providers and healthcare networks to ensure everyone who can administer the vaccines has properly completed the state enrollment process — that’s I-CARE, the same registry that tracks immunization records for children.
Officials also said the state will begin shipping 170,000 new Abbott BinaxNow rapid tests to health departments.
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