All adults in suburban Cook County are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster, health officials told WTTW News on Monday.
“Knowing that vaccines are the only way out of the pandemic, and knowing that booster doses strengthen our ability to fight COVID-19, we wholeheartedly encourage people to get a booster shot as soon as possible,” said Dr. Rachel Rubin, the senior medical officer for the Cook County Department of Public Health. “We must stop the transmission of the virus.”
The officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended COVID-19 boosters for people age 65 and older and those at high risk of serious illness — either because of underlying health conditions, their job or their living situation — at least six months after they get sick. the two doses of Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, officials said.
Anyone who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should receive a booster dose of one of the three approved vaccines two months after their first inoculation, officials said.
No one seeking a booster will be turned away from a county-run vaccination site, officials said.
The announcement by the Cook County Department of Public Health comes after health officials in New York City, Colorado and California urged all adults to get a booster dose of the vaccine.
The test positivity rate in suburban Cook County was 2.2% through Nov. 9, up from 2% a week ago, based on a seven-day moving average.
The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 rose every day between Nov. 2 and Nov. 9, and 86% of intensive care beds in the region are occupied, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 began to increase in Illinois as cold weather began to settle across the state, and officials are warning that the pandemic could increase again, especially among those who have not been vaccinated and in areas where vaccination rates are lagging.
Representatives from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Chicago Department of Public Health did not respond to questions from WTTW News about expanding eligibility for COVID-19 boosters.
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