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Mask Mania Set To Hit Illinois, Courtesy Of Governor Mandate

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When it comes to Illinois and mask guidelines, the motto apparently seems to be “Let’s see how far we can go.”

More specifically, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is mandating indoor masks and proof of vaccination for all students and educators from kindergarten through college, as relayed by the Chicago Tribune.

“Let’s be clear, vaccination is the most effective tool we have for keeping people out of the hospital and preventing deaths,” Prtizker said, offering no evidence to support his claims. “Nearly all Illinoisans who are hospitalized with COVID are the Illinoisans who are not vaccinated. And those hospitalizations are only increasing.”

Before, it was masks that supposedly prevented the spread. Now, it’s supposedly masks and vaccine. So Prtizker wants everyone 2 and older to be masked indoors. Prtizker also went as far as to say that COVID-19 is “a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

This is a bit of an about-face for the governor, as the Tribune noted.

“The Democratic governor’s announcement came only days after he said he had no plans to expand a vaccine mandate beyond state and private workers in congregate settings, such as nursing homes, prisons and veterans’ homes,” the Trib wrote. “Those comments came Monday following the federal Food and Drug Administration’s full use approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine which had previously received FDA emergency authorization during the pandemic.”

As an aside, the Pfizer vaccine has been fully approved by the FDA only for those aged 16 and above. Such authorization has not been granted by the FDA for vaccines from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

Needless to say, the mandates aren’t sitting well with every Illinoisan.

“Republicans have chafed over a lack of input into Pritzker’s executive actions amid a Democratic controlled General Assembly generally satisfied with ceding authority for the pandemic response to the Democratic governor,” the Tribe wrote.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. The people in Illinois look to be just as fucking stupid as the new York fools electing and re electing these tyrants grind em into the ground guv these special kind of stupid subjects deserve everything you dish out keep it coming.

  2. The current vaccine has not been approved. It’s still under EUA. A vaccine called Comirnaty is approved but has yet to be manufactured. They gave two press releases. I keep wondering why the FDA has to lie about this and suppress/ignore alternative treatments,

    I really don’t have to wonder. The FDA is controlled by Pfizer, just look at who used to lead the FDA and now sits in the Board at Pfizer. There is a history of coziness between the two organizations that is still going on.

  3. FDA approval doesn’t mean squat.
    In any given hour at least one commercial will come up on tv from some law firm offering help to go after pharma for injury/death due to some previously FDA approved drug.

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