Pritzker diverts federal program vaccine to other priorities

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois public health officials say they will divert unused COVID-19 vaccine doses intended for long-term care facility residents to the supply for other prioritized recipients.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration said Wednesday that it will take 97,000 doses from the federal Pharmacy Partnership Program. Pritzker has said the program is moving too slowly while demand for the vaccination among other populations far outstrips supply.

He says the pharmacy program will retain sufficient supply. The state meanwhile reported 3,314 confirmed and probable new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

There were 69 additional deaths, bringing total fatalities to 19,375 among 1,134,231 infections.