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Illinois to receive Johnson & Johnson vaccines, but most will go to mass vaccination sites


(WEEK) -- Illinois will have 83,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines delivered, but the vast majority of those are being sent to mass vaccination sites across the state, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Currently, the Peoria or Bloomington-Normal areas do not have a state-supported mass vaccination site.

More than 90% of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be going to the mass vaccination sites and the remaining doses will be sent to other providers throughout the state, according to the IDPH.

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Unlike the currently available Pfizer and Moderna doses, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one shot and can be stored at much higher temperatures.

The state's public health department is also announcing 1,577 new cases of COVID-19 and 47 additional deaths, bringing Illinois' total number of cases to 1,189,416 and the death toll to 20,583.

Illinois' rolling positivity rate is being reported at 2.8% Tuesday and Region 2, which includes the Peoria and Bloomington-Normal areas, is seeing its rate drop to 2.9%.

As of Monday night, 1,231 individuals in Illinois were reportedly hospitalized with COVID-19, with 281 of those in the ICU and 148 on ventilators.

As of midnight, 2,817,892 vaccines have been administered across Illinois, with 324,827 of those at long-term care facilities.

On Monday, 61,061 vaccines were administered.

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