As the vaccination moves to phase 1B what could this mean for you and your loved ones? Phase 1B includes those ages 65 and older, as well as frontline essential workers.
Frontline essential workers include:
- First responders
- Education workers (teachers, support staff)
- Childcare workers
- Grocery Store Employees
- Postal Service workers etc.
If you have been notified or fall into any of these categories there are a few steps you must complete before receiving the vaccine. You must have an appointment in order to receive the vaccine and walk-ins will not be accepted. To make an appointment click this link: https://covidvaccination.dph.illinois.gov/
Since we are in Phase 1B, it is important to know what phases we have completed and which phases we still have ahead of us:
1A – Healthcare Workers or long-term facility residents and staff
1B – Frontline Essential or non-health care residential workers/Chicagoans age 65 and older
1C – Chicagoans are 16-64 with underlying medical conditions
Phase 1C Estimated state date: March 29, 2021
Phase 2: All Chicagoans age 16 and older and additional essential workers (including realtors)
Phase 2 Estimated state date: May 31, 2021
Healthcare experts are working closely with the Governor of Illinois and Mayor of Chicago in order to make sure these vaccines are pushed out as efficiently as possible and have updates regarding edits to the phases every day.
Starting today, those living in county’s outside of Cook County with underlying medical issues will be able to receive the vaccine. However, Chicago residents are exempt from this, for the time being due to shortage in vaccines available.
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