Chicago is slated to begin giving residents 65 and older the fastest possible coronavirus vaccine next week, which will be launched in the next phase of the city’s launch, health officials confirmed Wednesday.
The Chicago Department of Public Health will allow people over 65 to start vaccination next week. “But only for the remaining quantities that health workers and long-term care residents don’t claim,” the department said.
“That will launch the next phase of the vaccination effort,” according to the CDPH.
Although not the full Phase 1B initially planned for the city. But it comes as a request from the Trump administration, which this week asked states to vaccinate people 65 and older and people under 65 with the underlying health conditions that have caused them. High risk
The Illinois government, J. B. Pritzker, is expected to make an announcement this week when Illinois will enter Phase 1B of the coronavirus vaccine launch, although some areas may already be allowed to do so.
“I expect to make a formal announcement later this week on Illinois.
Will move into Phase 1B respectively across the state Pritzker said during the coronavirus update Monday. “Of course, everyone in Phase 1A who has opted out of being vaccinated will not be vaccinated. But always be able to opt in to the next round – this is about Not leaving the vaccine on the shelves as we move forward. ”
On Monday, 587,900 doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were delivered to Illinois, with 478,175 doses to public and private healthcare providers outside of Chicago and 109,725 doses. To the service provider in Chicago
In total, Illinois gave about 334,939 vaccines on Sunday night.
“We are taking significant steps in Phase 1A and appreciate the hard work of healthcare providers across the state to get them done as quickly as possible,” Pritzker said. Phase 1A has been completed successfully. IDPH allows any local health agency in that location to move into Phase 1B as we want to ensure that existing vaccines are administered. Fast to A group of priorities that we have defined ”
Phase 1B is set to focus on residents 65 and over and “essential frontline workers” including first responders, education workers such as teachers and support workers, childcare workers, grocery store workers, postal service workers and Other
The age requirement in Illinois is lower than the initial recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to Reduce Covid-19 Mortality and Limit Community Spread to Black & Brown Communities. 10 years
Phase 1B will include approximately 3.2 million residents of Illinois, according to state data.
Chicago health officials said they expect Phase 1B to begin in the city in February or March.
“Much depends on how quickly the vaccine arrives,” said Chicago Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arvadi. “Now we get about 32,000 doses of the first vaccine per week. How many do you think there are over 65 – 370,000 – how many – hundreds of thousands, 150,000 only in the study? Be patient, but I expect. That we should be able to start between February and March, and then we will continue to have vaccinated for the next few months.