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Next Stage of COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out Addresses Racial Equity, Lowers Age Range
Posted on: 1/15/2021

Some communities have already been cleared by IDPH to begin Phase 1B

Governor Pritzker recently announced an updated vaccine roll-out plan for Phase 1B for Illinois. This phase will now include: 

  • Residents age 65 and over: Illinois lowered the age eligibility (as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) by 10 years, from age 75 to age 65 to provide more equitable vaccine access to elder populations. 
  • Frontline essential workers:Residents who carry a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure because of their work duties (responders, education, food and agriculture, manufacturing, corrections workers and inmates, USPS workers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and staff at shelters and day cares) 

Illinois has 1.3 million people who qualify as “frontline essential workers” and 1.9 million adults age 65 and over, totaling 3.2 million eligible Illinoisans.

Currently underway is Phase 1A, which includes vaccinations for the frontline healthcare workforce and nursing home and long-term care facility residents and staff. Approximately 850,000 Illinoisans qualify for Phase 1A. 

On Monday, the Governor said that local health departments that have completed Phase 1A will be allowed to move on to Phase 1B. At press time we know that he expects to announce soon that the entire state will move to Phase 1B.  

Illinois also starting posting daily vaccination data, with up-to-date information about vaccine distribution and administration.

If you have questions, please contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team by email.

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