Pritzker to require COVID-19 vaccine for K-12 and college educators, reinstate statewide indoor mask mandate

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CHICAGO, Ill. – Gov. J.B. Pritzker will announce Thursday a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all K-12 teachers and staff. The same mandate will apply to college professors and staff in Illinois.

A source with knowledge of the announcement confirmed this information with the Capitol Bureau Wednesday night. The deadline for educators to get the vaccine is still unknown.

The source said teachers choosing not to follow the mandate will have to go through routine COVID-19 testing each week. However, the governor should provide more details of the plan Thursday morning.

Pritzker will also announce that he is reinstating a statewide indoor mask mandate for everyone 2-years-old and older.

This comes as Illinois has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.

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