Those 65 and older, plus teachers and other essential workers to be vaccinated
- Posted by Barrington Hills
- On January 12, 2021
Illinois to allow local health departments to start vaccinating those 65 and older, plus teachers and other essential workers
Local health departments soon will be able to start vaccinating those 65 and older against COVID-19, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Monday, preparing the way for the much-awaited next phase of the vaccination program.
Currently, the state is in phase 1a of its COVID-19 vaccination plan, which provides shots to health care workers and staff and residents of long-term care facilities, amounting to some 850,000 people.
But not everyone eligible has opted to get the shot. Rather than waiting to use those doses, Pritzker said, those shots should be made available to the next round of 3.2 million eligible recipients in phase 1b — those 65 and older and those who are front-line essential workers.
That category includes first responders; teachers and other school personnel; workers at grocery stores, food and agriculture facilities and manufacturing sites; staff at shelters and day cares; U.S. postal workers; public transit workers; and corrections workers. Inmates will also be included in Phase 1b.
Local health departments that have substantially completed phase 1a will be allowed to move on to 1b to make sure doses are given quickly, the governor said.
In Lake County, officials hope to vaccinate teachers, administrators and staff as soon as early February. Officials said they were pushing to vaccinate educators because of the community’s desire to return to in-school learning.