The city is set to announce a date March 29 for the start of the next vaccination phase. At 1C, more essential workers are qualified, including those in the hospitality industry. Construction, law, banking, and media, as well as Chicagoans 16 to 64 with serious health conditions.
“In general, if you have an underlying condition, you will be able to get a vaccine in April or May,” said Dr. Alison Arwady, director of the Chicago Department of Public Health.
On her regular Tuesday live broadcast, Dr. Arwady explained that the elderly will remain a priority for the city for the remainder of this month, but she believes that with increased vaccine supplies, the city is now in a position to open appointments in a wider segment of the population.
1C is the last priority group before vaccinations open to the general population.
This expansion is only announced to Chicago residents. The white-collar provinces have not yet made their own decisions on this issue.
Do young children need to be vaccinated?
“Given the availability of the vaccine, we will of course open appointments for other groups,” Cook County Council President Tony Brickwinkle said.
There is still a huge increase in federal vaccine deliveries. Next week’s pooled allocations for Illinois and Chicago are only 1% higher than those for this week and 8% higher than last week’s deliveries, according to CDC data.
Meanwhile, Governor J.B. Pritzker has released new plans to reopen Illinois in stages.
The governor is now considering easing restrictions, including raising the current limit of 50 people for gatherings at event venues.
The governor can also green light for agreements, reduce restaurant spacing requirements, and include a community vaccination rate in reopening the scales at the request of suburban mayors.
“It provides hope for people to be able to look at something and say if we go to that level, we will get it now,” said Joseph Marchis, mayor of Darien.
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