After dropping steadily from a mid-November high numbers, the statewide COVID-19 positivity and hospitalization rates began to edge back up in recent days, causing concern among state health officials.
To address a possible trend, officials announced on Friday the launch of Rapid Response Vaccination Teams to five counties and the expansion of vaccine eligibility where demand appears to have waned.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has seen vaccine demand slow in several counties throughout the state, with early signs of unfilled appointments and increased vaccine inventory. IDPH is authorizing those communities to begin vaccinating . . .