1. Pritzker Expands 1B Category
2. Cook County Order Relaxes Mitigation Measures
The state is currently in Phase 1B of the vaccination distribution. Grocery workers are included in the list of eligible participants in Phase 1B.
Grocery Workers include: Baggers, cashiers, stockers, pick-up, and customer service representatives.
You may find the complete list HERE.
PRITZKER EXPANDS PHASE 1B CATEGORY
Illinois is making plans to expand Phase 1B eligibility on February 25 to people who have comorbidities and underlying conditions as defined by the CDC. In addition, Illinois will also prioritize individuals with disabilities.
The Pritzker administration will begin working with local health departments and other providers across the state to include these additional higher-risk individuals into their community vaccination plans in the weeks ahead. Those health departments that have substantially completed their existing Phase 1B population prior to the February 25 statewide expansion date will be able to move forward earlier at the determination of local public health officials and IDPH.
This expansion applies to individuals 16 and older who aren’t otherwise covered in previous eligibility categories.
In accordance with the CDC guidelines, Illinois is using the below guiding framework for what qualifies as a high-risk medical condition once Phase 1B expands on February 25.
This list is subject to change as guidance evolves and does not reflect an order of priority:
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
- Heart Condition
- Immunocompromised State from a Solid Organ Transplant
- Pulmonary Disease
- Sickle Cell Disease
WHERE TO GET VACCINATED
As more vaccine is distributed by the federal government, several thousand vaccination providers will be available, including but not limited to doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), across the state.
The local health departments may be found HERE.
You may find vaccination locations HERE. As more pharmacies come online and more vaccination doses are available the number of locations will increase. Please check the link periodically.
VACCINE DATA DASHBOARD
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has added a vaccination data dashboard to their website. Information includes total Illinois doses/total administered doses, vaccine administration 7-day rolling average and by individual county information. You can access the information, here.
A total of 1,724,325 doses of vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago. In addition, approximately 428,100 doses total have been allocated to the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership Program for long-term care facilities. This brings the total Illinois doses to 2,152,425. A total of 1,480,079 vaccines have been administered in Illinois as of last midnight, including 223,790 for long-term care facilities. The 7-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 55,135 doses. Yesterday, 62,923 doses were administered. Illinois is on-track to have administered more than 1.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine by Thursday, February 11, 2021.
COOK COUNTY EASES MITIGATION MEASURES
Today, the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) is issuing COVID-19 Mitigation Order 2021-3 to continue easing mitigation measures in suburban Cook County.
Mitigation Order 2021-3 increases capacity limits in bars, restaurants and event spaces to the lesser of 25% or 50 people. It also includes masking language, reinforcing the need for all over two years of age who can medically tolerate wearing masks to do so in public places.