Weather delays vaccine distribution in Illinois


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WMBD) — Due to weather conditions across the country, the number of doses of vaccine delivered to Illinois has been delayed.

This week’s allocation from the federal government was approximately 365,000 doses, but the state has only received 55,000 doses so far this week.

The CDC has indicated shipments may go out Wednesday, Feb. 17.

A total of doses of 2,102,500 vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago. 

In addition, approximately 445,200 doses total have been allocated to the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership Program for long-term care facilities.

This brings the total Illinois doses to 2,547,700.  A total of 1,903,942 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight, including 256,114 for long-term care facilities.

The 7-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 60,552 doses.  Yesterday, 40,380 doses were administered. 

Weather will most likely contribute to reduced vaccinations over the next several days, a press release states.

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,166,717 cases, including 20,057 deaths.

On Wednesday, Feb. 17, an additional 1,795 of cases of COVID-19 and 24 additional deaths were reported.

Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 49,937 specimens for a total of 17,320,814.

As of last night, 1,719 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 375 patients were in the ICU and 176 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from Feb.10–16 is 2.8%. 

The preliminary seven-day statewide test positivity from Feb. 10–16 is 3.4%.

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