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COVID-19 Vaccine and Older Adults

CCDPH understands that many people, and especially older adults, want to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible.

The Cook County Department of Public Health expanded to Phase 1b of the Vaccination Plan on January 25. CCDPH is currently facilitating the vaccination of approximately 100,000 from the Phase 1a group, and anticipates completing enough of this group to begin our transition to phase 1b on January 25. We will continue to prioritize any remaining Phase 1a individuals.

Those who are eligible to be vaccinated at this time can schedule an appointment to receive vaccine if enough vaccine is available. Please note that there is not enough vaccine at this time to vaccinate everyone in Phase 1b.

There are two ways to sign up for vaccine:

The expansion to Phase 1b includes members of the general public for the first time – about 375,000 people aged 65 and over. The 65+ population represents a majority of people within phase 1b. Phase 1b also includes police, firefighters and other essential workers, such as manufacturing employees and grocery store workers – a group estimated at 270,000.

CCDPH is committed to an equitable distribution of vaccine, with an emphasis on communities that have been most dramatically impacted by COVID, and traditionally underserved populations. Our strategies and decisions are driven to earn the trust of every resident.

In order to meet the need of these Phase 1b residents or workers CCDPH is adding significant capacity to our community vaccination plan distribution plan – CCDPH is distributing vaccine to a total of 91 sites including Cook County Health centers, large capacity sites around the county, 40 Walgreens locations, other pharmacies and county hospitals.

Starting January 18, if hospitals and outpatient sites have unused vaccine and have not identified additional Phase 1a healthcare workers with high risk of exposure for vaccination, they may vaccinate high risk individuals that are over 65 years old and live, work, or receive ongoing medical care in suburban Cook County.

Phase 1a includes hospital-based healthcare workers, long-term care facility residents and personnel, and community-based healthcare workers. People who are 65 years and older who are not in Phase 1a are in Phase 1b.

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