Health officials gave an update on the state’s COVID-19 vaccine plan Friday with potential federal approval anticipated as early as next week.
Gov. JB Pritzker said the state still expects to get 109,000 doses initially to be distributed in the 50 counties with the highest per capita death rates, but it will be several months until there is an adequate number of vaccinations available for the general population.
As COVID cases continue to surge, local healthcare organizations are already looking ahead to vaccine distribution.
Southern Illinois Healthcare’s weekly briefing included updates on treatments, vaccines and COVID surges. While SIH has ICU bed available, Chief Nursing Officer Jennifer Harre said they are at capacity due to staffing constraints.
“As far as the number of staff, that number of staff that’s out continues to be pretty consistent, and that ranges from 40 to 50 nurses that are out with illness or COVID positive,” she said.