Health officials plan to promote the vaccine in all Illinois communities, according to the state’s top doctor

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike confirmed Thursday that residents’ personal information, including immigration status, will be protected when officials begin rolling out the coronavirus vaccine.

When asked if individuals’ immigration statuses would be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, Ezike responded saying the health department would “protect information of all people” who get the vaccine.

“We need to make sure we get numbers for how many people are immunized to know which areas and ethnic groups [receive the vaccine],” Ezike said. “But we will do all we can to protect the status of everyone.”

Ezike added that she doesn’t want people to be discouraged to receive the vaccine and that the health department will push a message to all communities once a vaccine is approved.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker expressed cautious optimism Thursday saying the state has not yet seen coronavirus metrics head back in the wrong direction.

During his daily coronavirus briefing, Pritzker said the state has not yet seen a reverse in progress, but that the Thanksgiving COVID-19 surge may still come.

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