Governor J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday asked people eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot to get one. Pritzker says that vaccine booster shots will likely be approved for everyone soon.
Currently those who have received the Pfizer vaccine who are 65 years and older and those who live in long term care facilities, have underlying medical conditions, and work or live in high risk situations are eligible for a booster shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is set discuss booster shots for the Moderna vaccine and Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
The governor and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Ngozi Ezike stressed the importance of booster shots for residents of long term care facilities, especially as cooler weather moves in and people are stuck inside more.
Prtizker says that some 90,000 deaths from COVID-19 could have been prevented if people had chosen to get vaccinated.
Pritzker also said that he's hoping to remove indoor mask mandates ahead of the holidays, but that depends on case numbers.
Pritzker and Ezike also say now is the time to the get annual flu shot as well.