People over 65, frontline essential workers now qualify for vaccine

Starting today, more Illinoisans are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine under the state’s Vaccine Administration Plan. However, vaccine availability remains low and it may be weeks before this new group can get an appointment to receive the vaccine. Here’s a look at who is included in the Phase 1b Covid-19 vaccine roll-out:

  • Residents age 65 and over
  • Frontline essential workers, which means “residents who carry a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure because of their work duties, often because they are unable to work from home, and/or they must work closely to others without being able to socially distance. This includes:
  • First responders: Fire, law enforcement, 911 workers, security personnel, school officers
  • Education: Teachers, principals, student support, student aids, day care worker
  • Food and agriculture: Processing, plants, veterinary health, livestock services, animal care
  • Manufacturing: Industrial production of good for distribution to retail, wholesale or other manufactures
  • Corrections workers and inmates: Jail officers, juvenile facility staff, workers providing in-person support, inmates
  • USPS workers
  • Public transit workers: Flight crew, bus drivers, train conductors, taxi drivers, para-transit drivers, in-person support, ride sharing services
  • Grocery store workers: Baggers, cashiers, stockers, pickup, customer service
  • Shelters and day care staff: Homeless shelter, women’s shelter, adult day/drop-in program, sheltered workshop, psycho-social rehab

Over 3.2 million Illinoisans are eligible for Phase 1B. Eligible residents will be able to receive a vaccine at one of the Illinois National Guard (ILNG) assisted sites, at a site operated by a local health department, or at a partner pharmacy. Walgreens is now online in limited number of sites statewide. CVS and Jewel-Osco will be coming online as early as this week and additional pharmacies such as Hy-Vee, Mariano’s, and Kroger will be joining later in the week.  Taken together, these pharmacy partners will provide hundreds of sites in every region of the state.  
 
At this time, these sites will be available by appointment only. As the federal supply of vaccines increases and Illinois receives more vaccines, the state will launch walk-in locations and expand sites to additional providers like doctor’s offices and urgent care clinics. More information about those locations will be released in the coming weeks.  

Residents can also find information through their local health departments.