Health officials confirmed Wednesday that Chicago will start giving residents 65 years of age or older the Coronavirus vaccine early next week, to kick-start the next phase of the city’s startup.
The ministry said that the Chicago Department of Public Health will allow residents over the age of 65 to begin vaccination next week, „but only with residual doses not being claimed by health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities.“
According to the CDPH, „This will trigger the next phase of the vaccination effort.“
Although not the full 1B initially planned for the city, it does come on the heels of a request from the Trump administration, which this week required states to vaccinate people 65 or older and those under 65 who suffer from Underlying health conditions. At great risk.
Illinois Governor GB Pritzker is expected to announce this week that Illinois will enter Phase 1B of the coronavirus vaccine rollout, although some areas may already be allowed to do so.
„ I expect to make an official announcement later this week on the Illinois date
It will move to phase 1B statewide, „Pritzker said during the coronavirus update on Monday.“ Of course, anyone in Phase 1A chooses not to be vaccinated but will always be able to sign up during any subsequent round – that’s about not leaving a vaccine on the shelves as we go. ”
As of Monday, a total of 587,900 doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccine have been delivered to Illinois, 478,175 doses have been sent to public and private healthcare providers outside of Chicago and 109,725 doses have gone to caregivers in Chicago.
Illinois as a whole has given approximately 334,939 vaccine doses as of Sunday night.
“We are making important progress in Phase I A, and I appreciate the hard work of health care providers across the state to move as quickly as possible during this phase,” Pritzker said. „In some communities, they even manage to complete stage 1A significantly. The IDPH allows any local health department in this situation to move to the early stages of stage 1B because we want to make sure that any vaccine available is quickly administered to the priority groups that we have set up.“
Phase 1B is set to focus on residents 65 years of age and older and „key frontline workers“, including first responders, education workers such as teachers and support staff, childcare workers, grocery workers, and postal service workers. , And more.
The governor said the age requirement in Illinois is 10 years lower than the initial recommendations issued by the Immunization Practices Advisory Committee, „in order to reduce COVID-19 deaths and limit community prevalence in black and brown communities.“
Stage 1B will include 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 quickly a vaccine gets to us,“ said Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Alison Arwady. „We’re getting about 32,000 first doses of the vaccine per week right now. You think about how many people over the age of 65 – 370,000 – how many primary workers – hundreds of thousands, 150,000, just in education – they’ll have to have some patience here. But I am. I expect that we will probably start, as you know, in the period from February to March, and then we will continue vaccination over the next few months, as you know. „
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