Good afternoon Prairie Grove residents,
I wanted to share some good news that we’ve received from the Governor’s Office over the past few days.
First, the Governor announced that vaccination eligibility will be expanded on April 12 to include anyone aged 16 and older. Those in vulnerable groups will continue to be allowed to get vaccinations prior to April 12. Furthermore, all state and local employees who have not already been vaccinated will be made eligible to receive their shots starting Monday, March 22nd.
A new “bridge” phase, between phases 4 and 5 has been added to the Restore Illinois Plan. The new phase will allow additional, but not all current restrictions to be lifted, and will start when 70 percent of people over age 65 receive at least one vaccine dose. The Governor estimates we will reach this milestone in 12-14 days. New guidance in connection with the bridge phase will impact large indoor gatherings and outdoor events including weddings, graduations, festivals, parades, picnics, art fairs, sporting events, etc. The updated guidance can be found here.
Please remember that you need to register to get your vaccination. Prairie Grove’s nearest vaccination site is the Walgreens at Hwy 31 and 176. Click here to check availability. You can also check the State’s vaccination locations or call the Illinois Department of Public Health hotline at 833-621-1284.
Despite trending in the right direction, we are not out of the woods yet. Wearing masks is still considered the most important and effective way we, as individuals, can slow the spread of Covid-19.
May you and your families remain healthy in the months ahead!
Very truly yours,
David F. Underwood, Ph.D.