Nearly 200 people vaccinated at Illinois State Fair before final weekend


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Vaccine teams from the Illinois Department of Public Health have been working at several locations on the Illinois State Fairgrounds this week. Both vaccines and COVID-19 tests are free and available to anyone at the fair.

As of Thursday night, IDPH officials said 199 people were vaccinated at the fairgrounds since last Thursday. 151 of those people received the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine. 48 people got a dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Vaccines are still available at any of the six vaccination sites at the Illinois State Fair over the weekend.

Meanwhile, 2,793 people also tested for COVID-19 at the fair. Only 20 tested positive through the Binax antigen self-test. Gov. JB Pritzker told reporters Friday that vaccinated people wearing masks are “pretty safe.” He hopes everyone can do that to avoid another statewide mask mandate.

“I will take action if we see that the numbers move up in an exponential fashion, which they’re not there,” Pritzker said. “But in an exponential fashion, that’s something that we’ll look very closely at.”

The governor didn’t give a specific metric the state would meet before he puts a new mask mandate in place.

IDPH also reported 4,904 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 Friday. That’s the highest single-day total of new cases since January 23.

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