Governor Announces Expansion of Phase 1B Eligibility

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

In light of a steadily increasing federal vaccine supply, Illinois is making plans to expand Phase 1B eligibility on February 25 to people who have comorbidities and underlying conditions as defined by the CDC. In addition, Illinois will also prioritize individuals with disabilities. The Pritzker administration will begin working with local health departments and other providers across the state to include these additional higher-risk individuals into their community vaccination plans in the weeks ahead. Those health departments that have substantially completed their existing Phase 1B population prior to the February 25 statewide expansion date will be able to move forward earlier at the determination of local public health officials and IDPH. This expansion applies to individuals 16 and older who aren’t otherwise covered in previous eligibility categories.  In accordance with the CDC guidelines, Illinois is using the below guiding framework for what qualifies as a high-risk medical condition once Phase 1B expands on February 25. This list is subject to change as guidance evolves and does not reflect an order of priority:

• Cancer

• Chronic Kidney Disease

• COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

• Diabetes

• Heart Condition

• Immunocompromised State from a Solid Organ Transplant

• Obesity

• Pregnancy

• Pulmonary Disease

• Sickle Cell Disease

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