The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Thursday March 11, 2021

 
Betsy Jochum, a former star in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, watches as people wish her well on her 100th birthday.

Betsy Jochum, a former star in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, watches as people wish her well on her 100th birthday. Justin Hicks/Side Effects Public Media

Thursday March 11, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Political and educational leaders touted the education reform bill that Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed earlier this week at a stop at Parkland College in Champaign Wednesday.

  • Some hope the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine would make it easier to vaccinate vulnerable, hard-to-reach populations. However, many health officials won’t be distributing the vaccine to these communities for fear of backlash.

  • Currently, 22% of the vaccine-eligible population in Champaign County have been fully vaccinated.

  • Carle’s second-dose COVID-19 vaccine clinics, originally scheduled for Thursday and Friday at Kohl’s Plaza in Champaign, are being rescheduled until Monday and Tuesday respectively due to a lack of Pfizer vaccine doses.

  • According to data from Tuesday, the University of Illinois saw 12 more coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases since the start of the semester to more than 1,300.

In today’s deep dive, this month marks one year since widespread COVID-19 shutdowns began across the country. We’ll take a look back at the past year with some sounds of the pandemic from Side Effects Public Media.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts. Reporting today contributed by Dana Cronin and Carter Barrett.