Chicago is scheduled to begin giving residents 65 and older the coronavirus vaccine as early as next week and launching the next phase of the city’s rollout, health officials confirmed Wednesday.
The Chicago Department of Public Health will allow residents over the age of 65 to begin being vaccinated next week, “but only with dosage residues not required by health care professionals and residents in long-term care facilities,” the department said.
“It would start the next phase of vaccination efforts,” according to the CDPH.
Although not the full Phase 1B originally planned for the city, it comes on the heels of a request from the Trump administration, which this week asked states to vaccinate people over 65 and people under 65 with underlying health conditions that puts them at high risk.
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker is expected to announce this week when Illinois enters Phase 1
“I expect to make a formal announcement later this week when Illinois arrives
will move into Phase 1B on a state basis, “Pritzker said during his coronavirus update on Monday.” Of course, anyone in Phase 1A who has chosen not to be vaccinated will always be able to sign up for a subsequent round – this is about leaving no vaccine on the shelves as we move forward. ”
On Monday, 587,900 doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were delivered to Illinois, 478,175 doses were sent to public and private health care providers outside Chicago, and 109,725 doses had gone to providers in Chicago.
Illinois as a whole had managed approx. 334,939 vaccine doses from Sunday night.
“We’re making significant progress in Phase 1A, and I appreciate the hard work healthcare providers across the state have in moving through this phase as quickly as possible,” Pritzker said. “In some communities, they have even been able to essentially complete Phase 1A. IDPH allows any local health department in that position to move into the early stages of Phase 1B because we want to ensure that any available vaccine is administered. quickly to priority groups we have posted. ”
Phase 1B is centered on residents age 65 and older and “frontline key workers”, including first responders, training workers such as teachers and support staff, child care workers, grocery workers, postal service workers and more.
The age requirement in Illinois is ten years lower than the initial recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, “to reduce COVID-19 mortality and limit the spread of communities in black and brown communities,” the governor said.
Phase 1B will, according to the state, include approximately 3.2 million residents of Illinois.
Chicago health officials had said they expected Phase 1B would begin in the city in February or March.
“A lot depends on how fast the vaccine gets to us,” said Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady. “We’re getting about 32,000 doses of the first doses of the vaccine a week right now. You’re thinking about how many people are over 65 – 370,000 – how many important workers – hundreds of thousands, 150,000, just in training to be a little patient here. But I would expect that we’ll probably start, you know, in that kind of February to March time frame, and then we’ll continue to vaccinate through, you know, over the next few months. “