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Knox County health officials doubt vaccine will be available to larger groups

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GALESBURG – The state of Illinois hopes to soon expand its vaccination program to more people on February 25. Based on how the vaccine supply has been distributed in recent times, Knox County Unified Command is not sure they can follow this advice for some time.

Pritzker announced on Wednesday that the state would extend vaccine eligibility to people with pre-existing conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, COPD and obesity from February 25.

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In Knox County, where immunization work for the roughly 10,000 county residents aged 65 and over is still less than halfway, Knox County Unified Command, OSF St. Mary’s Medical Center and Cottage Hospital may meet the increased demand for these new vaccination groups.

Michele Gabriel, the administrator of the Knox County Department of Health, acknowledges that more information may be forthcoming, but she believes the addition of these other groups could be a second half of the Phase 1B vaccinations currently underway.

These vaccines are allocated by the State to people 65 years of age and over, but also to other groups, …

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