Pritzker Joins Midwest Governors in
Demanding the Federal Government Distribute Reserved COVID-19
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[February 19, 2021]
Governor JB Pritzker, Michigan Governor
Gretchen Whitmer, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Wisconsin Governor
Tony Evers sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, demanding that the federal government begin distributing
reserved COVID-19 vaccines to states immediately.
“In each of our states, vaccine delivery has been
much slower than we anticipated, so it is imperative that the
federal government distribute the vaccines it is holding on reserve.
These vaccines will save millions of Americans from the unnecessary
danger and hardship of contracting COVID-19,” said Governor JB
Pritzker. “Up to now, this vaccine has only been offered to a very
specific group of people at very specific location. Our states are
ready to work alongside the federal government to expand vaccine
distribution so that we can protect the wellbeing of all our
residents, families, small businesses and our economy.”
According to publicly reported information, the federal government
currently has more than 50 percent of currently produced vaccines
held back by the presidential administration for unknown reasons. At
the same time, the country is losing over 2,600 Americans each day,
according to the latest seven-day average.
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Earlier this week, Governor JB Pritzker announced
guidelines for the next stage of COVID-19 vaccine distribution
across Illinois, Phase 1B. Phase 1B prioritizes equity and lowers
the vaccine age to 65 from 75 because black and brown Illinoisans
with COVID-19 die at a much younger age than their white
counterparts. Distribution of the reserved vaccines by the federal
government would accelerate the completion of Phase 1A.
The letter sent to the Unites States Department of Health and Human
Services is attached.
Letter to the Federal Government - Pdf
[Office of the Governor JB Pritzker]