When Does My Group Get Vaccinated? Here's The IDPH Vaccination Plan

When Does My Group Get Vaccinated? Here’s The IDPH Vaccination Plan

When will you be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccination? According to a state of Illinois website post, here’s a look at the phased approach.

Due to changing vaccine supply levels at various points during the COVID-19 Vaccination Program, planning will be flexible but as specific as possible to accommodate a variety of scenarios.

The IDPH anticipated that vaccine supply will be limited initially, so the allocation of doses must consider vaccination providers and settings for vaccination of limited critical populations

The vaccine supply is projected to increase quickly, allowing vaccination efforts to be expanded to include additional critical populations and the general public. Additionally, recommendations on the various population groups for initial doses of vaccine could change after vaccine is available, depending on each vaccine’s characteristics, vaccine supply, disease epidemiology, and local community factors.

IDPH is adopting the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s A Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine.

This framework focuses on reducing severe morbidity and mortality and negative societal impact due to the transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Emphasized in the framework is that the goal of the COVID-19 vaccination program is to vaccinate all those who choose to be vaccinated and who do not have medical contraindications to the vaccine.

The following explains the phased approach, per Centers for Disease Control and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices guidance, which are recommended based on “science, implementation, and ethics.” Further ACIP recommendations are expected after the issuance an EUA for vaccine candidates, which may alter the phased approach by adding phases or shifting of populations from phase to phase. See Section 4 “Critical Populations” for more details about specific populations covered in each phase.

You probably already are aware that the first doses will go to healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents and staff, but you might not have yet seen the hierarchy for Phase 1b or Phase 1c.

Phase 1

Limited and/or scarce supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses are available. Initial efforts focus on reaching critical populations. Ensure vaccination locations selected can reach populations, manage cold-chain requirements, and meet reporting requirements for vaccine supply and uptake. Vaccine administration strategies in Phase 1 are divided into three sub-phases:

Phase 1a

  • Healthcare Personnel
  • Long-term care facility residents and staff

Phase 1b

  • Persons aged 75 years and older
  • Frontline essential workers (as defined by ACIP and directed by the State of Illinois)
  • Sheltered population, homeless/day programs, and inmates

Phase 1c

  • Persons aged 16 to 59 years old with high-risk medical conditions
  • Persons aged 65 to 74 years old
  • Other essential workers (as defined by ACIP and directed by the state of Illinois)

Phase 2: ‘Rest of The Population’

Larger number of vaccines are available. The focus is on ensuring access to vaccine for members of Phase 1 critical populations not yet vaccinated and extend efforts to reach Phase 2 critical populations.

  • Possible groups could include: The rest of the population.

As each phase progresses the vaccine administration planning team will begin planning to vaccinate the next population of focus, the vaccine administration planning team can focus on reaching the next population of focus in the succeeding phase.

IDPH hopes to achieve the overarching goal of herd immunity for the state. Throughout each phase of COVID-19 vaccine administration, jurisdictions and providers must ensure equitable allocation and administration of the vaccine to all identified priority groups.

IDPH will continue to monitor COVID-19 vaccine orders by assessing ordering reports supplied by the immunization program. IDPH will also monitor vaccine uptake and coverage and reassess strategies to increase uptake in populations and/or communities with low vaccine coverage. IDPH will use vaccine wastage reports provided to minimize waste. In situations where there is low COVID-19 vaccine demand, jurisdictions should monitor their supply and adjust strategies to avoid vaccine waste.

Finally, IDPH will provide COVID- 19 vaccine administration reports to CDC as requested.

SOURCE: IDPH website