The state of Illinois will move forward with an aggressive Vaccine Plan with hundreds of additional providers coming online in the coming days as the state moves to complete Phase 1A.
The state anticipates substantially completing Phase 1A next week and moving into Phase 1B of the Vaccine Plan on Jan. 25, 2021, at which point residents over the age of 65 and frontline essential workers can receive the vaccine.
According to a state news release issued today (Friday, Jan. 15, 2021), shipments from the federal government remain limited, but the state is building out wide-reaching capacity to prepare for additional shipments and ensure those eligible in Phase 1B can receive their vaccine as quickly and equitably as possible.
As of Jan. 15, 2021, Illinois including Chicago has received a total of approximately 726,475 doses since vaccinations first launched last month, not including the federal program that serves long-term care residents.
In the initial phases of the state’s plan, IDPH is partnering with large pharmacies to launch hundreds of new sites in communities across Illinois.
Additionally, the Illinois National Guard will deploy two teams to two sites in Cook County. The guard is also partnering with St. Clair County to deploy to sites there in the coming weeks, alongside additional deployments statewide.
During their initial week of service, these new sites will administer vaccinations to Illinois residents within group 1A of the state’s vaccination plan. Beginning Jan. 25, all vaccination sites across the state will move into phase 1B of the plan and begin vaccinations for the eligible population by appointment only.
As the state moves forward with its plan and continues to build out capacity, smaller independent pharmacies, urgent care clinics, doctors’ offices, and workplaces will all be coming online to serve as vaccination sites.
Additional teams from the ILNG will also deploy to regions across the state to stand up new sites and build out additional capacity at existing sites.
More information on locations and how to make appointments will be available to the public on a website to be launched prior to the start of Phase 1B.
SOURCE: state of Illinois news release