In the next phase of the state, it is expected that more than 3 million Illinois residents will be eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine.
Governor JB Pritzker said he plans to announce that the state will enter Phase 1B sometime this week, although certain areas may already be allowed to do so. However, entering the next stage does not mean that people who meet the conditions in the first stage will still not be vaccinated.
“I hope to officially announce in Illinois later this week
Pritzker said in his coronavirus update on Monday: “We will enter Phase 1B statewide. Of course, anyone who chooses not to be vaccinated in Phase 1A but can still choose to receive treatment in any future round-this It̵
Phase 1B will focus on residents 65 and over and “first-line basic workers”, including educators such as first aid personnel, teachers and support personnel, childcare workers, grocery store employees, and postal service personnel.
The governor of Illinois said that Illinois’s age requirement is 10 years lower than the recommendation of the Immunization Practice Advisory Committee, “this is to reduce the COVID-19 mortality rate and limit the spread of the community among blacks and Browns.”
The state said that Phase 1B will include approximately 3.2 million Illinois residents.
As of Sunday night, approximately 334,939 doses of vaccine have been vaccinated throughout Illinois.
Pritzker said: “We have made important progress in Phase 1A, and I thank health care providers across the state for their hard work to complete this phase as soon as possible.” “In some communities, they have even been able to basically complete Phase 1A. IDPH allows any local health department in this position to enter the early stages of Phase 1B because we want to ensure that any available vaccines are quickly administered to Phase 1B. We have identified priority groups.”
Chicago health officials said they expect Phase 1B to begin in the city in February or March.
The Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, Dr. Allison Awadi, said: “Much depends on the speed of the vaccine.” “We are now getting about 32,000 doses of the first dose every week. Think about how many people exceed 65 years old-370,000-how many basic workers-hundreds of thousands, 150,000, only education level-must be patient. But I hope we may start in the time frame of February to March, and then in the next Continue to vaccinate you for a few months.”
See who will be included in Phase 1B:
- Residents 65 years and older
- Basic frontline workers, which means that “residents who are at a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 due to their job duties are usually unable to keep their distance from society because they cannot work from home and/or must work closely with others. This includes:
- First responder: Fire, law enforcement, 9/11 workers, security personnel, school personnel
- education: Teachers, principals, student support, student assistance, daycare workers
- Food and agriculture: Processing, plants, veterinary health, animal husbandry services, animal health
- manufacturing: Industrial production of goods, which can be allocated to retail, wholesale or other manufacturers
- Correctional workers and prisoners: Prison officials, juvenile facility staff, workers providing on-site support, prisoners
- USPS workers
- Public transport workers: Flight crew, bus driver, train conductor, taxi driver, transit driver, personal support, ride sharing service
- Grocery staff: Baggers, cashiers, stockists, pick-up, customer service
- Shelter and daycare personnel: Homeless shelter, women’s shelter, adult day/day trip program, shelter workshop, psychosocial rehabilitation