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No vax mandate for Evanston city workers

Chicago is requiring workers to get shots. Governor mandates shots for school employees statewide.

A vial of the COVID-19 vaccine. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

Evanston has no plans — at least for now — to require city workers to get COVID-19 vaccinations.

While the City of Chicago is requiring that all its workers be vaccinated by Oct. 15, despite opposition from police unions, Evanston City Manager Erika Storlie says that’s not the plan here.

In another mandatory vaccination move, Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to issue an order this morning requiring that educators from kindergarten to college get COVID shots.

Storlie says, “We continue to evaluate options that make sense for our organization and our community.”

“Given that our vaccination rate among staff is already pretty high,” she adds, “We have not implemented a mandate as of yet, but will keep it under consideration.”

Evanston Now has asked for further details about the vaccination levels among city workers.

Evanston residents overall have a high vaccination rate, with just under 80% of those age 12 and older fully vaccinated.

The seven-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases in Evanston now stands at 7.4, that’s up from 3.3 a month ago. There’ve been no reported COVID-19 deaths in Evanston since May 31.

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