Chicago will start giving people aged 65 and over the coronavirus vaccine as early as next week, launching the next phase of the city’s spread, health authorities confirmed on Wednesday.
The Chicago Department of Public Health will allow residents over the age of 65 to start getting vaccinated next week, “but only with residual doses not reported by healthcare professionals and long-term care residents,” the department said.
“This will start the next phase of the vaccination effort,” according to the CDPH.
Although the full Phase 1B is not initially planned for the city, it comes at the request of the Trump administration, which this week asked states to vaccinate people aged 65 and over and those under 65 with basic health conditions that put them with high risk.
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker is expected to announce this week when Illinois will enter phase 1
“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 decides not to be vaccinated yet will always be able to join during each subsequent round – it’s about not leaving a vaccine on the shelves as we move forward. ”
As of Monday, a total of 587,900 doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines had been delivered to Illinois, 478,175 doses had been sent to public and private health care providers outside Chicago, and 109,725 doses had gone to providers in Chicago.
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 make sure that every available vaccine is given quickly in priority groups. which we have set out. ”
Phase 1B is targeted at 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, postal services, etc.
The age requirement in Illinois is 10 years lower than the initial recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, “to reduce mortality from COVID-19 and limit community outbreaks in black-and-brown communities,” the governor said.
Phase 1B will involve approximately 3.2 million Illinois residents, according to the state.
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. “