Here’s When to Get the COVID Vaccine in Illinois – NBC Chicago


According to health officials, an expansion of the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility is foreseeable soon, until almost all residents of Illinois over the age of 16 can be vaccinated.

As of Saturday, much of the state will be under Phase 1B Plus vaccination, with most of Chicago being under Phase 1B guidelines. By the end of the month, the city’s health officials will begin vaccinating Phase 1C, as officially announced this week.

According to the latest information, you can expect a vaccination in Illinois.

Justified now in Illinois

  • Health care workers
  • Nursing staff and residents
  • Residents aged 65 and over
  • Necessary frontline workers ie “residents who are at higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 because of their job duties, often because they are unable to work from home and / or they need to work closely with others without being able to distance oneself socially. This contains:
    • First Aider: Firefighters, law enforcement, 911 workers, security guardsPDonnel, school officials
    • Training: Teachers, school principals, pupil support, student assistants, educators
    • Food and Agriculture: Processing, plants, veterinary, livestock, animal care
    • Manufacturing: Industrial manufacture of goods for distribution to retail, wholesale, or other manufacturers
    • Correction workers and inmates: Prison officers, youth service workers, personal support workers, inmates
    • USPS employees
    • Local public transport employees: Flight crew, bus drivers, train attendants, taxi drivers, para-transit drivers, personal support, carpooling
    • Grocery store employees: Excavator, cashier, warehouse, collection, customer service
    • Shelters and day care staff: Homeless shelter, women’s refuge, adult day / drop-in program, workshops for the disabled, psychosocial rehab
  • Residents with the following high-risk conditions (excluding Chicago and some of the surrounding suburbs):
    • Cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), diabetes, heart disease, immune deficiency from a solid organ transplant, smoking, obesity, pregnancy, lung disease, sickle cell disease

Eligible for entry on March 22nd in Illinois, excluding Chicago

  • College staff
  • Government employees
  • media

Eligible for entry on March 29th in Illinois, excluding Chicago

  • Restaurant staff
  • Construction workers
  • Religious leaders

Eligible for entry on March 29th in Chicago

  • Residents with the following underlying diseases:
    • Cancer (current diagnosis), heart, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases (including heart disease, coronary artery disease and high blood pressure or high blood pressure), chronic kidney disease, chronic respiratory disease (including cystic fibrosis, moderate to severe asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease / emphysema [COPD]), Diabetes (type 1 and type 2), disability: physical, developmental, visual, hearing or mental, neurological diseases (including dementia), Down’s syndrome, immunodeficiency (weakened immune system) including blood or bone marrow transplants, immune liver diseases (including Hepatitis), pregnancy, obesity: BMI ≥30 kg / m2, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, sickle cell anemia, thalassemia, people with disabilities
  • Spiritual and religious organizations: People aged 65 and over; If possible, prioritize Chicago residents 75 and older and Chicago residents 65 to 74 years old with a history of medical history
  • energy: Workers who support the energy sector, including those involved in energy generation, distribution and repair
  • Finances: Banks; Currency Exchange; Consumer credit; Credit unions; Appraiser; Title companies; Financial markets; Financial institutions; Institutions that sell financial services; Accounting services and insurance services
  • Food and beverage service: Restaurant and other establishments that prepare and serve food (including bars); Organizations providing food services
  • Higher education: Employees in educational institutions – including junior colleges, four-year colleges and universities, technical schools, business schools, educational support services, and educational program administrators
  • Information technology and communication: Internet, video and telecommunications systems, repair of consumer electronics, repair of computers and office machines
  • Legal: Workers who provide legal services or assist in the operation of the judicial system, including judges, lawyers, paralegals, paralegals, trial servers, couriers, bailers, probation officers, probation officers, court staff, and others who provide legal assistance or legal action functions
  • media: Newspapers, magazines, television, radio and other media services, news retailers and kiosks, radio, news agencies, printers and book publishers. Other community or government based operations and essential functions. Other government employees; community-based essential functions (e.g. town planning, offices that ensure basic needs such as food, child care, housing and social services); Employees in libraries
  • Personal hygiene and hygiene: Companies that provide personal care services such as hair, nails, and non-medical massage. Laundromats, dry cleaners, industrial laundries and laundry service providers
  • Public Health: Public Health Institutions; Pharmaceutical, medical device and equipment, and biotechnology companies
  • Public safety: Workers who ensure that public safety systems are functioning properly, including site inspectors, civil engineers, chemical engineers, aerospace engineers, and hazardous materials workers. Workers who build and maintain roads, highways, railways and ports. Cyber ​​security company employee
  • sale: Workers in retail stores including, but not limited to, stores selling alcoholic and soft drinks, non-prescription drugs, other non-food products (e.g. electronics, opticians, books, etc.), other household items, wholesalers, licensed cannabis dispensaries, and Cultivation centers
  • Accommodation and lodging: Hardware stores and companies; Construction and maintenance of buildings, real estate; Hotel and motel employees
  • Transport and logistics: Workers at gas stations; Delivery and repair of cars and bicycles; Companies that provide shipping and delivery services; Couriers; Warehouses; private mail; Airline employees not included in 1b; Workers in rail, water, truck, charter bus transport or in transport rental
  • Water and sewage: Workers involved in wastewater treatment and operations; Plumbing and storm maintenance teams performing emergency and basic maintenance of systems

Eligible April 12th in Illinois, excluding Chicago

  • All residents over 16 years of age

All vaccinations are only given by appointment, officials said, noting that “arranging an appointment for a vaccination can take some time”.

Pritzker’s office also noted that residents who are not currently eligible for vaccination are unable to make an appointment for a future appointment, and asks for patience in the days and weeks after April 12 as appointments “may be limited are”.

For a full list of where and how to make an appointment in Illinois, or where to get vaccine information for your area, click here.


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