JANUARY 6, 2021 – At a briefing Wednesday, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced new guidance on how the State of Illinois will move from Phase 1a to 1b of the vaccine rollout.
Here are the most significant points from the briefing:
- Implementation of Phase 1b will begin when substantial progress has been made in vaccinating individuals included in Phase 1a and federal vaccine deliveries increase. No specific date was provided, but the Governor expressed hope that vaccine deliveries will increase significantly in the next several weeks.
- The age threshold will be increased in Phase 1b from what previously was for individuals > 75 years old to those that are > 65 years of age.
- Between the frontline essential workers* listed and individuals 65 years of age and older, 3.2 million individuals will be eligible to be vaccinated in Phase 1b.
- The Governor announced that beginning January 15, 2021, any region meeting IDPH metrics may move out of Tier 3 to Tier 2.
*Frontline essential workers are defined as those workers who are essential for the functioning of society and include the following:
– First responders: Firefighters (including volunteers) and Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) (EMS personnel are considered under Phase 1a)
– Corrections Officers
– Food and Agriculture Workers
– Postal Service Workers
– Manufacturing Workers
– Grocery Store Workers
– Public Transit Workers
– Education sector, including teachers and support staff
– Daycare Workers
Cook County Survey
The Cook County Department of Public Health released a survey for health care workers to help prioritize who is receiving the vaccine. Members of the public are now welcome to fill out the survey as well, in order to receive information related to vaccine availability.
“The survey’s intent is to help us organize health care workers and others within the first phase of the vaccination program,” says CCDPH in a press release. “We have initially directed our communications toward the health care audience so we can vaccine our front-line heroes first. We will continue to immediately communicate with health care workers, municipal leaders and the general public as the vaccine progresses and as new information is available.”
You can fill out the survey here: https://cookcountypublichealth.org