CHICAGO — Half of Illinois adults are now fully vaccinated against coronavirus.
Fifty percent of Illinoisans 18 and older are fully vaccinated, and 67 percent have gotten at least one shot, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Chicago, 51.8 percent of adults are fully vaccinated and 63.1 percent have gotten at least one shot, according to city data.
Though COVID-19 continues to kill people, new cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations have declined in recent weeks as more people get their shots.
But vaccine demand has fallen sharply, so officials are trying to make it easier for people to get the shots. Vaccines have been shown to greatly reduce the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19, and everyone 12 and older is eligible to get vaccinated.
The state is helping community groups host vaccine events. Health departments are bringing vaccinations to workplaces, beaches, parks and more. The city has said it’ll bring vaccine vans to festivals and other events.
People getting vaccinated is still the best bet for ending the pandemic, reopening businesses and having the world return to normal, officials have said. More people getting vaccinated also means there are fewer chances for variants of COVID-19 to develop and spread, which would endanger people and pose a threat to reopening efforts.
In Illinois, about 5.2 million people of all ages — or 41.36 percent of the state’s 12.7 million people — have gotten all their COVID-19 vaccination shots, according to state data.
Across the state, 50,162 vaccine doses are being administered per day, based on a seven-day rolling average. Illinois and Chicago have administered at least 11,291,906 vaccine doses of the 13,695,055 provided to them.
City data shows more than 1.1 million Chicagoans — or 41.6 percent of all residents — have gotten fully vaccinated. About 51.9 percent of all Chicagoans have gotten at least one shot. Among Chicagoans 65 and older, 70.5 percent have gotten at least one dose, while 61.5 percent have finished their vaccination.
Another 88 Illinoisans were reported dead from coronavirus since Friday.
The most recent coronavirus victims included 49 people from Cook County, including a man in his 30s and two people in their 40s.
At least 22,827 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,396 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.
The state reported 1,925 cases over the long weekend. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,382,186.
Illinois’ seven-day positivity rate fell to 1.6 percent Sunday with 25,692 tests reported. It was at 1.9 percent Friday. The figure represents the percentage of people testing positive among recent tests.
Illinois’ seven-day test positivity rate, which measures the percentage of tests that were positive, fell to 2 percent Sunday. It was at 2.3 percent Friday.
As of Saturday night, 1,093 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 294 people in the ICU and 167 people using ventilators.
In Chicago, 14 deaths and 340 confirmed cases were reported since Friday. There have been at least 5,359 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago and 284,346 confirmed cases, according to state data.
The city is seeing an average of four deaths per day, down from six per day the week prior.
An average of 157 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 38 percent decrease from the previous week. At the same time, testing has fallen 11 percent since a week ago.
The city’s seven-day positivity rate is at 2.2 percent, down from 3 percent the week before.
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