State Expands COVID Vaccine Eligibility, Chicago Enters Phase 1C – NBC Chicago

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Illinois is expanding access to the COVID-19 vaccine to another group of essential workers on Monday, as the state moves closer to opening immunization eligibility to all adults next month.

Meanwhile, Chicago is entering the next phase of its vaccine rollout, Phase 1C, expanding eligibility for residents with underlying health conditions and an additional group of essential workers.

And Cook County Health said 25,000 appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine released on Sunday were stopped within two hours.

Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois today:

Rise in COVID hospitalizations preventing Illinois from entering transition phase: IDPH

As Illinois is on the verge of reaching the vaccination metric required to enter the new transitional phase of its reopening plan, it looks like the state is yet to move forward.

On Monday, the state reported that 69% of people aged 65 and over had been vaccinated, just below the 70% threshold required to enter the final stage before a full reopening.

But according to the Illinois Department of Health, hospitalization measures “continue to increase”, which means “the state has not yet met the conditions to enter the transition phase.”

“Health officials continue to urge all residents to mask themselves, social distances and wash their hands frequently to reduce transmission and bring the settings back online for the transition to the bridge phase,” he said. the IDPH said in a statement Monday.

Find out more here.

Opening of 4 new mass vaccination sites in Illinois this week, some to all eligible residents of Illinois

Four new mass vaccination sites are expected to open this week in Kane, Lake, Will and McHenry counties.

Three of the sites will be open to all eligible Illinois residents, regardless of where they live. In McHenry County, the site will only be open to those who live or work in the area. A Grundy County vaccination location at Shabbona Middle School will also expand its eligibility to include any eligible state residents. Complete list here.

Health officials said the state made the decision to launch the sites with expanded postcode eligibility to “reverse early signs of a possible resurgence of COVID-19 cases.”

Coronavirus in Illinois: 1,761 new cases of COVID, 5 deaths, 49K vaccinations

Illinois health officials on Monday reported 1,761 new cases of the coronavirus and five additional deaths, as well as more than 49,000 vaccinations in the past 24 hours.

According to figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the 1,761 new confirmed and probable COVID cases reported on the last day brought the state’s total to 1,239,589 cases since the start of the pandemic last year.

The five new deaths brought the death toll in the state to 21,256 virus-related deaths, according to health officials.

Find out more here.

Illinois COVID vaccine eligibility expands to more essential workers on Monday

Illinois is expanding access to the COVID-19 vaccine to another group of essential workers on Monday, as the state moves closer to opening immunization eligibility to all adults next month.

Food and beverage workers, construction workers, and religious leaders will be eligible, according to guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health. On March 22, the state expanded eligibility to include higher education staff, government officials and the media.

Here’s a look at the full vaccine eligibility schedule:

Date Eligible groups
December 15, 2020 Healthcare workers, staff and residents of long-term care facilities
January 25, 2021 Essential front-line workers (including first responders, K-12 teachers and other industries in contact with the public) and residents 65 and over
February 25, 2021 Residents with high-risk conditions or disabilities, aged 16 and over
22 mars 2021 Higher education staff, civil servants and the media
29 mars 2021 Restaurant staff, construction workers and religious leaders
12 avril 2021 Any resident aged 16 and over

Find out more here.

Chicago’s COVID vaccine eligibility: Phase 1C begins Monday

Chicago is entering the next phase of its vaccine rollout, Phase 1C, starting Monday, expanding eligibility for residents with underlying health conditions and an additional group of essential workers.

The expansion will allow workers in various fields to be vaccinated, including: restaurant workers, hotel workers, hairdressers, clergy, construction workers, delivery drivers and warehouse workers, among others.

Those already eligible for phases 1A and 1B will also remain eligible for 1C.

Find out more here.

Appointment for a 25K New Cook County vaccine booked in less than 2 hours

Cook County Health said 25,000 appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine released on Sunday were stopped within two hours.

Appointments for the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine were made public at noon Sunday, officials said, open to all Illinois residents eligible for the state’s vaccination plan in phases 1A, 1B, 1B Plus and other “previously classified as 1C” that are eligible in the state as of Monday.

Cook County officials said Sunday afternoon that all appointments, for four suburban vaccination sites, were made within two hours.

Future appointments can be made on the Cook County Vaccine website or by calling the county hotline at (833) 308-1988 weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Find out more here.

Over 1K doses of COVID vaccine given at mass vaccination event in South Austin

More than 1,000 residents of Chicago’s West Side received the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine on Sunday at a pop-up mass vaccination event in the South Austin neighborhood.

“This is an example of equity in action,” said Dr Stephanie Cox-Baston, chief medical officer of the Near North Health Service, one of the organizations behind the massive vaccination effort. “We talk a lot about fairness, but this is what it looks like. ”

Find out more here.

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Loretto hospital operations manager says resignation to “become a distraction” for nurses and doctors

After resigning amid allegations he made sure well-connected people received coronavirus vaccines, the COO of Loretto Hospital in Chicago released a statement on Saturday claiming he was became a “distraction” for the staff.

Dr Anosh Ahmed, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of the hospital, tendered her resignation on Wednesday, and the hospital’s board of directors unanimously accepted it.

Read the details here.



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