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Illinois requiring vaccines for all P-12 school employees, higher education personnel, students

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CHICAGO (WREX) — Teachers and staff at Illinois schools will be required to get vaccinated.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced vaccines will be required for all P-12 teachers and staff, all higher education personnel, all higher education students and health care workers in a variety of settings.

Starting Sept. 5, people unable/unwilling to get vaccinated will be required to get tested at least twice a week. More frequent testing might be required in certain situations, like during an outbreak, according to the governor.

The governor reiterated that vaccinations work and hopes this requirement helps hospitals across the state.

"Let's be clear: Vaccination is the most effective tool we have for keeping people out of the hospital and preventing deaths."

From January-July, 97% of cases are among unvaccinated, 96% of hospitalizations among unvaccinated and 95% of deaths among unvaccinated.

The governor also urged other employers to require vaccines.

"We have a tool in our hands that will save lives."

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