More than 3 million Illinois residents are expected to be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in the next phase of release.
Gov. JB Pritzker said he plans to announce during this week when the state will enter phase 1B, although some areas may already be allowed. However, moving on to the next phase does not mean that those who qualify for the first phase cannot yet receive the vaccine.
“I expect to make an official announcement later this week when it’s Illinois
will move to phase 1B nationwide, “Pritzker said during his coronavirus update on Monday.” Of course, anyone in phase 1A who has decided not to get vaccinated will always be able to get involved during each subsequent round ̵
Phase 1B will focus on residents aged 65 and over and “key first line workers”, including first aid workers, educators such as teachers and support staff, childcare workers, grocery store staff, employees in the post offices, etc.
The age requirement in Illinois is 10 years lower than the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, “to reduce mortality from COVID-19 and limit the spread of the community to black-and-brown communities,” the governor said.
Phase 1B will involve approximately 3.2 million Illinois residents, according to the state.
In total, Illinois administered approximately 334,939 doses of vaccine as of Sunday night.
“We are making important progress in phase 1A and I appreciate the hard work of healthcare providers across the country to get through this phase as quickly as possible,” Pritzker said. “In some communities, they have even managed to essentially complete Phase 1A. IDPH allows each local health department in this position to move into the early stages of Phase 1B because we want to ensure that every available vaccine is given quickly in priority groups that we have exposed. “
Chicago health officials said they expect Phase 1B to begin in the city in February or March.
“A lot depends on how fast the vaccine comes to us,” said Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Alison Arvadi. “We are currently getting about 32,000 doses of first doses of vaccine a week. Think about how many people there are over 65 – 370,000 – how many core workers – hundreds of thousands, 150,000, in education alone – you will have to have a little patience here. But I would expect. that we will probably start, you know, like the period from February to March, and then we’ll continue to vaccinate, you know, for the next few months. “
Here’s a look at who will be included in phase 1B:
- Residents aged 65 and over
- Key frontline workers, meaning “residents who are at higher risk of being exposed to COVID-19 due to their job responsibilities, often because they cannot work from home and / or have to work closely with other people without being able to distance themselves socially. This includes:
- First responders: Fire, law enforcement, 911 workers, security personnel, school staff
- Education: Teachers, principals, student support, student aids, day care worker
- Food and agriculture: Processing, plants, veterinary health, animal husbandry services, animal care
- Production: Industrial production of goods for retail distribution, wholesale or other production
- Correctional workers and prisoners: Prisoners, juvenile staff, personal support workers, prisoners
- USPS workers
- Public transport workers: Flight crew, bus drivers, train conductors, taxi drivers, paratransit drivers, personal support, travel sharing services
- Grocery store workers: Excavators, cashiers, warehouse goods, pickup, customer service
- Shelters and day care staff: Homeless shelter, shelter for women, day program for adults / accommodation, sheltered workshop, psycho-social rehabilitation