At three of the state’s veterans homes, more than 90% of the residents have received COVID-19 vaccines. At the LaSalle home, it’s just 75%. Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Chief of Staff Tony Kolbeck says there are good reasons for the lower percentage ironically relating to the outbreak the vaccines are aimed at stopping.
Kolbeck answered questions at an Illinois House Civil Judiciary Committee hearing today. He said the resident vaccination rates are 75% at LaSalle, 94.7% at Quincy, 92.3% at Manteno, and 94% at Anna. Staff at the veterans home in LaSalle have the highest vaccination rate among the four homes at 48.2%. At Quincy the rate is 35.8%, at Manteno it’s 20.3%, and at Anna it’s 42.5%.