Pritzker orders vaccine requirements for licensed daycare centers to protect "our youngest residents"

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Health announced new vaccination requirements for individuals who work in licensed day care centers to protect children who are currently not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Over 55,000 daycare center staff statewide will now be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if they have not done so already, according to a press release.

Employees who are unable or unwilling to receive the vaccine will be required to get tested for COVID-19 at least once per week. Increased testing frequency may be required in certain situations.

“Vaccinations offer life-saving protection for the people who receive them and make the community safer for the people who can’t – including the babies, toddlers, and young children not yet eligible for the vaccine,” said Governor JB Pritzker in a statement.

“By extending vaccine-or-test requirements to those who work at licensed day care centers, we are adding another level of protection for our youngest residents and preventing outbreaks in daycare centers as more and more parents return to work.”

Any daycare center staff members who are not fully vaccinated by Dec. 3 will have to take at least a weekly COVID-19 test until they are fully vaccinated.