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More Than 12 Million COVID Vaccine Shots Have Been Given In Illinois

At least 23,083 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,422 deaths are probably related to the virus.

Katlin Stupegia of MobileVax holds a vial of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine at a special COVID-19 vaccination event with live performances for arts & culture workers held at Theater Wit in Lakeview on May 21, 2021.
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CHICAGO — More than 12 million coronavirus vaccine doses have now been administered in Illinois.

Illinois and Chicago moved into Phase 5 of reopening Friday, lifting capacity restrictions at all businesses and events. All people still need to wear masks in certain places — including schools, health care facilities and on public transit — but fully vaccinated people don’t need masks in most settings. Unvaccinated people should still wear masks in most public settings, officials have said.

The move was made as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have plunged and more people have gotten vaccinated.


• No states were added to Chicago’s travel order, which means people can continue to travel to Chicago freely.

• A memorial is being created at Loyola Beach’s sea wall to honor victims of COVID-19.

Water fountains and public outdoor pools are returning.

What you need to know about vaccinations:

• In Illinois, about 5.8 million people of all ages — or 45.61 percent of the state’s 12.7 million people — have gotten all their COVID-19 vaccination shots, according to state data.

• Across the state, 44,040 vaccine doses are being administered per day, based on a seven-day rolling average.

• Illinois and Chicago have administered at least 12,017,152 vaccine doses of the 13,997,045 provided to them.

• City data shows more than 1.25 million Chicagoans — or 46.6 percent of all residents — have gotten fully vaccinated. About 53.7 percent of all Chicagoans have gotten at least one shot.

COVID-19 vaccinations are free and do not require insurance. Anyone can call the city’s coronavirus hotline at 312-746-4835 to get more information on how and where to get vaccinated in their community.

The numbers:

• Thirteen Illinoisans were reported dead from COVID-19 during the past day.

• At least 23,083 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois, and another 2,422 deaths are probably related to the virus, according to the state.

• The state reported 226 cases since Monday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois up to 1,387,986.

• In the past 24 hours, 41,364 tests were reported statewide.

• As of Monday night, 157 people with COVID-19 were in the ICU and 76 people with COVID-19 were using ventilators.

• In Chicago, nine deaths were reported since Monday. There have been at least 5,444 deaths from COVID-19 in Chicago. The city is seeing an average of five deaths per day, unchanged from the week prior.

• Chicago has had 30 confirmed cases reported since Monday. It’s had a total of 285,392 confirmed cases. An average of 66 confirmed cases are being reported per day, a 28 percent decrease from the previous week.

• At the same time, testing has decreased 9 percent since a week ago.

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