Pritzker to Announce This Week When Illinois Will Move to Phase 1B for Vaccinations

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to announce this week when Illinois is set to enter Phase 1B of its coronavirus vaccine rollout, though some areas may already be allowed to do so.

“I expect to make a formal announcement later this week on when Illinois
will move into Phase 1B on a statewide basis,” Pritzker said during his coronavirus update Monday. “Of course, anyone in Phase 1A who has chosen not to get vaccinated yet will always be able to opt in during any subsequent round – this is about leaving no vaccine sitting on the shelves as we move forward.”

So far, 587,900 total doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been delivered to Illinois, 478,175 doses have been sent to public and private healthcare providers outside of Chicago and 109,725 doses have gone to providers in Chicago.

Illinois as a whole has administered approximately 334,939 vaccine doses as of Sunday night.

“We are making important progress in Phase 1A and I appreciate the hard work of healthcare providers across the state to move as quickly through this phase as possible,” Pritzker said. “In some communities, they’ve even been able to substantially complete Phase 1A. IDPH is allowing any local health department in that position to move into the early stages of Phase 1B because we want to make sure any available vaccine is administered quickly to the priority groups we’ve laid out.”

Phase 1B will center on residents age 65 years and older and “frontline essential workers,” including first responders, education workers like teachers and support staff, childcare workers, grocery store employees, postal service workers, and more.

The age requirement in Illinois is 10 years lower than the recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, “in order to reduce COVID-19 mortality and limit community spread in Black and Brown communities,” the governor said.

According to data, the average age of COVID-19 death is 81 for white residents, 72 for Black residents and 68 for Latino residents. 

Phase 1B will include roughly 3.2 million Illinois residents, according to the state.

Here’s a look at who will be included in Phase 1B:

  • Residents age 65 and over
  • Frontline essential workers, which means “residents who carry a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure because of their work duties, often because they are unable to work from home, and/or they must work closely to others without being able to socially distance. This includes:
    • First responders: Fire, law enforcement, 911 workers, security personnel, school officers
    • Education: Teachers, principals, student support, student aids, day care worker
    • Food and agriculture: Processing, plants, veterinary health, livestock services, animal care
    • Manufacturing: Industrial production of good for distribution to retail, wholesale or other manufactures
    • Corrections workers and inmates: Jail officers, juvenile facility staff, workers providing in-person support, inmates
    • USPS workers
    • Public transit workers: Flight crew, bus drivers, train conductors, taxi drivers, para-transit drivers, in-person support, ride sharing services
    • Grocery store workers: Baggers, cashiers, stockers, pickup, customer service
    • Shelters and day care staff: Homeless shelter, women’s shelter, adult day/drop-in program, sheltered workshop, psycho-social rehab

Region: Chicago,Local,City: Chicago

via Local – NBC Chicago https://ift.tt/35yI1qT

January 11, 2021 at 03:12PM

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