The health department in the suburbs is different from the Illinois plan, which will extend the scope of the vaccine to people under 65 with medical conditions starting Thursday.
Cook, DuPage, Lake, McHenry and Will County health officials in the suburbs, as well as Chicago health officials, said that the vaccine supply is too small to allow more people to reach it. After obtaining qualifications a month ago, many important staff and people 65 years of age and older still have difficulty obtaining vaccines.
A Lake County Department of Health official said in a statement: “Given our limited vaccine supply, we need to make local decisions that best meet the needs of residents.”
The health department did not provide a specific timetable for when the vulnerable residents will receive the vaccine.
Other vaccine providers in these counties, such as pharmacy chains and hospital networks, are not affected by the decisions of the health authorities.
Walgreens spokeswoman Emily Delnicki said that pharmacies are following state eligibility guidelines and confirming that people can go to stores outside the county for vaccinations.
Delnikni said: “When an individual goes to the appointment, the patient must sign an affidavit confirming that they meet the state’s eligibility requirements for vaccines.” “Patients also need to present a valid government ID when booking a vaccine to confirm their identity. As long as they are required to do so. With reservations and available inventory, you can choose other stores outside the county.”
The Kane County Health Bureau did not respond to requests for information, but stated on its website that it is providing COVID-19 vaccines to medical staff and necessary personnel. The website guides people over 65 to find vaccines in clinics, pharmacies, hospitals and medical institutions.
Nancy Horton said in Mount Prospect that the appointment to find a vaccine for herself and her husband has not been resolved after weeks of trying. She hopes to postpone eligibility for vaccination for people under 65, so that she and others in people over 65 (who have been waiting since qualifying on January 25) will be released.
She said: “It seems that we are in a circle.” “You check the site every day and always get the same answer. It’s frustrating to have no information or records like hope.”
Two weeks ago, Governor JB Pritzker announced the extension of eligibility to those with medical conditions with severe cases of COVID-19, including those with cancer, kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other lung diseases, diabetes, heart Problems, decreased immunity, obesity, pregnancy and sickle cell disease after solid organ transplantation.
Steve Brandi, spokesperson for the Weir County Department of Health, said: “At present, our vaccine supply is not enough to expand beyond level 1B.” “We hope to do this as soon as possible.”
At the same time, state health officials announced an additional 43,282 vaccinations on Tuesday, as the state received another 50,710 doses of vaccine. State officials said they expect to have 500,000 new doses by the end of this week.
According to records from the Illinois Department of Public Health, so far, 1,664,128 people in Illinois have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
IDPH officials also announced 27 deaths from COVID-19 and 1665 new cases.
Since the pandemic, the state’s death toll from the virus is currently 20,330, while Illinois has infected 1,177,320.
Jeonju Hospital is treating 1,488 patients with respiratory diseases. According to IDPH records, among these hospitalized patients, 361 received intensive care.