Pritzker opens Illinois a bit more, expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday charted a new course for reopening Illinois after more than a year of coronavirus restrictions, laying out a more gradual resumption of business activity and clearing the way for all residents 16 and older outside Chicago to get a COVID-19 vaccination beginning April 12. The new date puts Illinois ahead of President Joe Biden’s May 1 deadline for states to expand eligibility and comes as the state is receiving increasing shipments of vaccine from the federal government. It remains to be seen whether Chicago and other local health departments will follow…

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