All REALTORS® to be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations in mid-April under expanded statewide program
REALTORS®, who have not done so already, and all Illinois residents 16 years and older will be able to be vaccinated under the expanded state COVID-19 vaccination program announced today. The state also is inching closer to reopening, according to officials.
About 58 percent of Illinois’ senior citizens (65 and up) have already received their first doses of the vaccine. On Thursday, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker urged the remaining members of that group – especially those most vulnerable – to get their shots in the next 3½ weeks. During that time, Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike will consider expediting the vaccinations of any other groups of residents who face a greater risk from the virus.
However, Pritzker warned that everyone eligible to receive their first dose should not expect to get it on April 12. It could take until late April or early May based on supply and how the dosages are distributed will vary according to local officials.
The governor also announced that the statewide mitigation strategy will shift from Phase 4 to a bridge phase once 70 percent of eligible seniors receive their first dose. Using current data, he predicted that would occur in about 14 days.
After 50 percent of all Illinois residents 16 and older have received at least one dose, the state will move into Phase 5 of its Restore Illinois Plan, which will ease restrictions on businesses and gatherings of large groups.
Once that happens, the state will begin a 28-day monitoring period.
Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike noted that even after being vaccinated, residents should continue social distancing, wearing face masks and following other mitigations. Phase 5 will continue to be in effect and mask wearing in public will still be recommended until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they are no longer necessary.
“The end seems to be in sight,” said Pritzker. “These vaccines are the fastest ticket . . . to all things we miss about normal life.”