Illinois and Chicago have both entered the next phase of their vaccination rollout, called Phase 1B, increasing the eligibility to millions of residents.
Phase 1B opens up vaccinations to people age 65 years and older as well as "frontline essential workers," which includes first responders, education workers like teachers and support staff, childcare workers, grocery store employees, postal service workers and more.
There are several ways eligible residents will be able to get vaccinated, but state officials have urged patience as the new phase opens up.
Here's a look at everything we know so far:
Who is eligible in Phase 1B?
Here's a full look at who is included in Phase 1B:
- 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 persPDonnel, 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, inmatesU
- 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
UPDATE: Beginning Feb. 25, the state plans to increase eligibility for Phase 1B to include people with certain underlying conditions and comorbidities. For more information on this expanded phase click here.
The list of qualifying high-risk medical conditions (which is subject to change) includes:
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
- Heart Condition
- Immunocompromised State from a Solid Organ Transplant
- Pulmonary Disease
- Sickle Cell Disease
The state later adding smoking to the list of "eligible conditions."
Where can you get vaccinated and what will you need?
NOTE: For a statewide vaccination locations map click here.
Beginning Jan. 25, National Guard-led sites (full list of locations here) started vaccinating residents eligible under Phase 1B, as well as sites at Jewel Osco and Walgreens, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said, noting that CVS is expected to "soon follow."
By Feb. 1, additional pharmacies, including Hy-Vee, Mariano’s and Kroger, also began vaccinations.
Here's a breakdown:
National Guard and State-Run Sites
On Jan. 25, National Guard-led sites started vaccinating residents eligible under Phase 1B.
- To make an appointment through a state-run vaccination site, click here. For a statewide vaccination locations map or to find a site near you, click here. Note: those who schedule an appointment through these sites will need:
- You may be required to provide proof of employment as health care personnel using an employee ID, a recent letter from your employer, or a recent pay stub. If you are not eligible in this phase, your vaccination appointment will be rejected.
As of Feb. 25, 15 state-run mass vaccination sites were operating in Illinois. They include:
|Opens||Location||Address||Appointment||Doses capability at full capacity|
|Now Open||Tinley Park Convention Center||18451 |
Convention Center Drive
|Now Open||North Riverside Health Center||1800 S. Harlem Avenue, North Riverside IL||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||270|
|Now Open||Morton East School Base Clinic||2423 S. Austin Blvd, Cicero IL||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||270|
|Now Open||Robbins Health Center||13450 S. Kedzie Ave., Robbins IL||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||135|
|Now Open||Cottage Grove Health Center||1645 Cottage Grove Ave., Ford Heights IL||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||135|
|Now Open||Blue Island Health Center||12757 S. Western Ave., Blue Island IL||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||270|
|Now Open||Arlington Heights Health Center||3250 N. Arlington Heights Rd. Arlington Heights IL||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||270|
|Now Open||Triton College||2000 5th Ave., River Grove IL||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||540|
|Now Open||South Suburban College||15800 State St., South Holland IL||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||540|
|Now Open||Thornton Fractional South High School||18500 Burnham Ave, Lansing, IL 60438||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||270|
|Now Open||Orr Building||Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield IL||http://www.SCDPH.org|
|Now Open||Belle-Clair Fairgrounds||200 S. Belt E #2650, Belleville IL||https://www.co.st-clair.il.us/departments/health-department||1080|
|Now Open||Banterra Center||Southern Illinois University, Carbondale IL||http://www.jchdonline.org/.||540|
|Now Open||Carbondale Civic Center||Carbondale IL||http://www.jchdonline.org/.||540|
|Now Open||Winnebago County||1321 Sandy Hollow Rd., Rockford IL||https://www.wchd.org/||1350|
|Now Open||Gateway Convention Center||1 Gateway Drive., Collinsville IL||https://www.co.madison.il.us/departments/health/index.php||1350|
|Mar. 4||Former K-Mart||1155 E Oakton St, Des Plaines, IL||https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov||1,890|
|Mar 4||Oakley Lindsey Center||300 Civic Center Plaza, Quincy IL||https://www.adamscountytogether.com/||2,100|
|Mar 10||United Center||1901 W. Madison Street, Chicago IL||https://www.zocdoc.com/vaccine/screener?state=IL||6,000|
United Center Mass Vaccination Site
Vaccinations are expected to begin on March 9 at a new mass vaccination clinic at the United Center in Chicago, with up to 6,000 doses per day expected once the site is up and running.
Appointments are scheduled to open at 8:30 a.m. on March 4, but only for Illinois residents age 65 and older. The senior-only appointment window will continue through 4 p.m. March 7.
Illinois residents have two options for making appointments: online and through a call center.
- To register online, visit Zocdoc.com/vaccine. The web site is projected to handle much higher volume of appointment requests. Zocdoc will show real-time appointment availability and eligible residents will then be able to select a date/time and book an appointment online. Date of birth will be required when booking an appointment to confirm vaccine eligibility.
- To register by phone, call (312) 746-4835. To help bridge the digital divide, a multi-lingual call center will be available to help seniors make an appointment. This call center will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Given the anticipated high demand for appointments, residents who can use the website should book their appointments online. While the call center has 200 staffers, those who need to use the call center will very likely experience lengthy wait times.
The site will operate seven days a week for eight weeks under the federal government’s vaccination pilot program.
Grocery Stores, Drug Stores and Pharmacies
Vaccinations are now available at several CVS, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco, Kroger, Mariano’s, Meijer, Walgreens, and Walmart pharmacies in Illinois.
- For more information on how those eligible in Phase 1B can get an appointment through Walgreens click here. Note: those who schedule an appointment will need:
- An appointment confirmation email
- A COVID-19 Vaccination Authorization Form with your registration code (if applicable)
- State ID, valid driver’s license or other government-issued ID
- Work ID or other document to show proof of employment (for healthcare workers, frontline and essential workers only)
- Medical and/or pharmacy benefit insurance card
- Download, print and complete the vaccination consent form. If you don’t bring the completed form, you will need to complete it at the pharmacy before your vaccination.
- For more information on how those eligible in Phase 1B can get an appointment through Jewel-Osco click here. Note: those who schedule an appointment will need:
- Proof of employment (badge, paystub, uniform, etc)
- Medical license (if applicable)
- Drivers license
- Medical and prescription insurance cards
- Last 4 digits of SSN
- For more information on how those eligible in Phase 1B can get an appointment through Hy-Vee click here.
- Monday-Friday: 7am – 7pm and Saturday-Sunday: 9am – 5pm (most locations)
- For more information on how those eligible in Phase 1B can sign-up for appointments through Kroger or Mariano's, click here. The company says "limited quantities are available at select locations." For more information click here.
- For more information on how those eligible in Phase 1B can sign-up for appointments through Meijer, click here.
- Vaccinations will be offered either through a local Meijer Pharmacy or possibly through an offsite Meijer clinic
- Those looking to get a vaccine through Meijer can pre-register online through the link above.
- Other ways to register include:
- Text "COVID" to 75049 to receive updates directly to your phone. When appointments become available you will receive a text with the option to accept, defer or be removed from the list.
- Call your local Meijer Pharmacy
- For more information on how those eligible in Phase 1B can sign-up for appointments through Walmart, click here. Chicago Walmart locations offering vaccines as of Feb. 3 were:
- 7535 S. Ashland Ave.
- 4720 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
- 4650 W. North Ave.
- 4626 W. Diversey Ave.
- 2844 N. Broadway St.
- 2551 W. Cermak Rd.
- 8331 S. Stewart Ave.
- 10900 S. Doty Ave.
- For more information on how those eligible in Phase 1B can get an appointment through CVS click here. Note: those who schedule an appointment will need:
- Medical and/or pharmacy benefit insurance card or
- State ID, valid driver’s license, other government-issued ID or valid Social Security number
- Eligibility requirements include:
- Must live or work in Illinois
- People age 65+
- Qualifying essential workers who are public facing and cannot distance
- Long-term care residents and staff
- Congregate care residents and staff
- Locations so far include Belleville, Chicago, Hoopeston, Mendota and Pekin.
- NOTE: The Chicago location is limited to people age 65+ and healthcare workers who live or work in the city.
In total, each chain was administering doses at the following number of locations as of Feb. 11:
• CVS – 4 locations (excluding Chicago)
• Hy-Vee – 16 locations
• Jewel-Osco – 143 locations
• Kroger – 24 locations
• Mariano’s – 31 locations
• Meijer – 8 locations
• Walgreens – 520 locations
• Walmart – 8 locations
Hospitals and Health Systems
- Must be a current patient in order to receive the vaccine
- For Northwestern Memorial Hospital:
- Vaccination plan prioritizes patients based on:
- Age (older first)
- Home zip code, with a preference to high hardship zip codes identified in Senator Durbin’s HEAL initiative
- "We are using this criteria to ensure a safe, efficient and equitable vaccination process for our patients," Northwestern said in a statement. "For example, last week we have invited established patients over 65 years of age from the HEAL zip codes and patients over 79 years of age from all other zip codes."
- Registration info: https://www.nm.org/conditions-and-care-areas/covid-19-resource-center/covid-19-vaccines
- Open to general public who are eligible in 1B
- Vaccinations will be provided from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, by appointment only
- To make an appointment, email Covidvaccineregistration@lorettohospital.org or call (773) 854-5421
Oak Street Health
- Open to patients and community members aged 65+ in Phase 1B
- Fill out form online, employee will contact you to schedule appointment: www.oakstreethealth.com/covid-19-vaccine
- Vaccinating current patients 65+ and will be using a lottery to notify people about when they’re eligible.
- This is in addition to vaccination of healthcare workers (those associated with the hospital system and those who are unaffiliated with the organization.)
- There’s no sign-up (with the exception of a sign-up for unaffiliated healthcare workers). Since this is for current patients, the hospital is contacting people as their names come up in the lottery.
- Lottery began with patients 75+ who live in 15 South Side zip codes. Then, it expanded to those who are 65+ in those zip codes. Then, the zip code limitation was lifted.
- Beginning the week of Jan. 25, UI Health started contacting current patients to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
- Vaccine scheduling will be coordinated via the MyChart patient portal/app. They will also use email and outreach calls to "invite current-phase individuals to schedule vaccine appointments."
- UI Health will be administering scheduled COVID-19 vaccinations at Credit Union 1 Arena, on the UIC campus. Vaccinations must be scheduled. Walk-ins are not available.
- As of Jan. 29, UI Health said it was scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments "for patients eligible to get the vaccine in Phase 1B."
- Vaccine-eligible UI Health patients can schedule by phone, online, or in MyChart.
- More information here.
Rush University Medical Center
- Rush is currently offering self-scheduling for vaccine appointments at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. If you do not see any available appointments, the center says none are available.
- "We will continue to add new appointment times in conjunction with our weekly vaccine allocation," Rush's website reads.
- Rush Copley Medical Group is also beginning a phased rollout for existing patients who are 65 and older. "We will keep you updated as we expand our vaccine appointments at all our Rush hospitals," the website states.
Advocate Health Care
- Advocate Health Care is "vaccinating eligible health care workers and our most vulnerable patients based on CDC guidelines."
- Patients will be contacted when it is their turn to receive vaccine and to schedule an appointment.
- "Please do not call our hospitals or your doctor’s office to schedule," a message on the health system's website reads.
- AMITA Health is not currently vaccinating patients at its hospitals
- "While we are not currently providing the COVID-19 vaccine to patients, we are working collaboratively with local health departments to understand needs and interest in receiving the vaccine."
- The group encourages residents in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kankakee, Lake, McHenry and Will counties to register for information as it becomes available.
- Check this site regularly for vaccine updates.
In addition to the above hospital and health systems, the state announced a number of medical centers and hospitals offering vaccines as of Feb. 10. They include:
• Carle Foundation Hospital – Champaign
• Elmhurst Hospital – Downers Grove
• Gibson Area Hospital – Gibson City
• HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital – O’Fallon
• Iroquois Memorial Hospital – Watseka
• Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital and Center for Health Services – (3 locations Polo, Oregon, Dixon)
• Massac Memorial Hospital – Metropolis
• McDonough District Hospital Health Services – Macomb
• Riverside Medical Center – Kankakee (2 locations)
• Swedish Hospital – Chicago
• University of Illinois Health – Chicago
County Health Departments
Vaccinations are also being provided by most local health departments, according to the governor's office. The list now on the state's website includes:
- DeKalb County Health Department – 2550 N. Annie Glidden Rd., DeKalb
- DuPage County Health Department – 111 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton
- NOTE: As of Feb. 10, the DuPage County Health Department's community vaccine clinic has moved to the DuPage County Fairgrounds at 2015 Manchester Rd.
- Ogle County Health Department – 907 W. Pines Rd, Oregon; and 510 Lincoln Hwy, Rochelle
- Putnam County Health Department – 220 E. High St., Hennepin
- Rock Island County Health Department – 2112 25th Ave., Rock Island
- Sangamon County Department of Public Health – 2833 S. Grand Ave. East, Springfield
- Stickney Public Health District – 5635 State Rd., Burbank
- Vermilion County Health Department – 200 S. College St., Danville
- Warren County Health Department – 240 S. Main St., Monmouth
- Wayne County Health Department – 405 N. Basin Rd., Fairfield
- Whiteside County Health Department – 1300 W. 2nd St., Rock Falls
On Feb. 1, several other Illinois health departments were added to the list:
- Boone County Health Department
- Calhoun County Health Department
- Cumberland County Health Department
- Grundy County Health Department
- Jasper County Health Department
- Lawrence County Health Department
- Logan County Health Department
- McDonough District Hospital Health Services
- Southern 7 Health Department
- Alexander County
- Hardin County
- Johnson County
- Massac County
- Pope County
- Pulaski County
- Union County
By Feb. 10, the state added the following locations:
• Clark County Health Department - Martinsville
• Crawford County Health Department – Robinson
• Franklin Williamson Bi-County Health Department – West Frankfort
• Jo Daviess County Health Department – (2 locations Elizabeth and Galena)
• Lee County Health Department – Dixon
• Madison County Health Department – Wood River
• Schuyler County Health Department – Rushville
Vaccine Rollout Plans and Information by County
For information on where to get vaccinated in each county, here's a list of Chicago-area county information sites:
- Cook County: A website launches at noon Monday for residents to receive information and make appointments as they become available. Click here for more. A call center is also going live at noon, at (833) 308-1988.
- DeKalb County: For the latest information and updates, click here. To sign up for notifications, click here.
- DuPage County: For the latest information and update, sign up for alerts on when you can get an appointment here.
- NOTE: As of Feb. 10, the DuPage County Health Department's community vaccine clinic has moved to the DuPage County Fairgrounds at 2015 Manchester Rd.
- Grundy County: For those in Phases 1A and 1B, a survey is required to declare your interest in getting vaccinated. Click here for the Phase 1b survey and here for the Phase 1a survey.
- Kankakee County: To register for the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes publicly available, please fill out the Kankakee County Health Department survey here. After completing the survey, the health department says it will contact you when it is your turn to get vaccinated and schedule your vaccine appointment. "As we move into each new phase KCHD staff will contact all of those eligible in that phase to provide directions on how to get scheduled for the vaccine."
- Kane County: For the latest information and updates, click here. To sign up for the latest updates from the county, click here.
- Kendall County: For the latest information and updates, click here. In additional, those who want to take a survey for more information can click the following links:
- Lake County: This county has launched what it calls the Lake County AllVax Portal. It asks residents to register and health officials will notify you when it is time to make your appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine. "You will only receive an email to schedule when you are eligible and the Health Department has vaccine and appointments available to you," the county's website states. For more information click here.
- LaSalle County: Health care workers in Phase 1A can sign-up here. A Phase 1B notification sign-up is also available here. "Only individuals working or living in LaSalle County may receive vaccine through LaSalle County," the county's website states.
- McHenry County: Phase 1B enrollment form available here. Enrollment for Phase 1a is also available here. Residents can also sign up for e-notifications or other information here.
- Will County: Residents in this county are being asked to fill out a registration sign-up form here. Once signed up, residents will be notified when they can schedule an appointment. For additional information, click here.
"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," the state's website reads. "Additional teams from the [Illinois National Guard] will also deploy to regions across the state to stand up new sites and build out additional capacity at existing sites."
What about Chicago vaccinations?
In Chicago, which is also in Phase 1B, the city's top doctor said there are four ways in which residents will be able to get vaccinated.
On Feb. 2, the city launched a new site where residents can schedule coronavirus vaccine appointments and get a real-time look at availability.
The new platform, done in partnership with Zocdoc, will show appointment availability for city POD sites, as well as "care organizations" like AMITA Health, Erie Family Health, Innovative Express Care and Rush University Medical Center.
The city noted that "supply of vaccines is currently very limited," but said appointments will be added "on an ongoing basis as more vaccines are allocated to providers." Officials also expect more local healthcare providers - including other hospital systems and Federally Qualified Health Centers - will join in on the scheduling partnership.
Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady also said residents should check for vaccine appointments through a medical system or health care provider, through pharmacies, through a dedicated vaccination location like the points of dispensing sites, or through an employer.
Chicago officials say the best way to get updates on the vaccination rollout is through "Chi COVID Coach," a platform the Chicago Department of Public Health is using to monitor symptoms, giving information on testing in the city and help you get the latest details on the city's vaccination plan - including notification when you can register to get your vaccine.
While anyone who qualifies for the vaccine in Phase 1B is eligible to receive it, Chicago's plan aims to prioritize certain populations, Arwady said.
"So right from the beginning I want people to hear that even as the phase opens up, most people will not be able to get vaccine right away that first week, even that second week, etc.," Arwady said, adding that she hopes to get most people in Phase 1B vaccinated through February and March.
For those receiving the vaccine through the city, there will be prioritization for those with the highest risk and to help "lower barriers," Arwady said.
"The way this will broadly roll out is that over the months of February and March, anybody who is in either 65 or these frontline essential workers is eligible for vaccine," Arwady said. "And so for example, if I am a grocery store worker or I am a teacher or I work in public transit, and I have an appointment with my doctor, for example, my doctor absolutely can give me vaccine at any point after Jan. 25, but we will also be working to bring vaccine to employers, to partner with employers to lower the barriers for these groups to get vaccine."
At the start of Phase 1B, the city plans to direct vaccine to correctional facilities and first responders.
"This has already been in the works because we've been vaccinating health care workers in those settings, whether those are the emergency medical service people on the ambulances, whether those are the people in the correctional settings who do health care," Arwady said. "So, the plans are in place and additionally more workers will come online. These are the settings where we've seen the most COVID cases, the most outbreaks. Every case that we prevent in these settings indirectly prevents many other cases, gets us past COVID, lowers the risk when people are going back to communities, really essential to be getting those workers vaccinated."
In February, depending on vaccine availability, the city will then shift to making vaccines available to employers of grocery store workers and manufacturing and factory settings.
After that, later in February, the city plans to direct vaccine to employers of daycare workers and educators.
"K through 12, early childhood educators, private parochial public - doesn't matter. All educators are going to be prioritized with planning a little bit later in February," Arwady said. "And that is well underway right now."
Arwady said it will take weeks to get each group vaccinated.
Heading into March, again depending on vaccine availability, vaccines expand to employers of public transit workers, agriculture workers, government workers, postal workers and more.
Though Illinois has not yet determined dates for future vaccine phases, Chicago officials said Phase 1C could come at the end of March and Phase 2, which includes all residents over the age of 16, could begin May 31.
Why might I be unable get an appointment?
Pritzker said as Illinois is moved into Phase 1B, there would be limitations based on how much vaccine the state receives.
"This does not mean, however, that right away you will be able to get the vaccine as easily as you can get the flu shot," Pritzker said. "Because federal vaccine production was hampered by the failure of the previous administration to properly invoke the Defense Production Act, vaccine supply is still limited all across the nation. There are additional vaccines in the pipeline that may soon seek FDA approval, and that will help. But there are 3.2 million Illinoisans in Phase 1B, so there will be far greater demand than supply for the near term – to put it in perspective, we’re expecting approximately 126,000 first doses to arrive next week outside of Chicago. That’s less than 4% of the 1B population. Until the vaccine supply improves, we will all need to be patient."
Pritzker said the state is working to build capacity and hopes to see an increase in doses in the coming weeks.
"Because of the supply limitations, I want to re-emphasize that vaccinations will be given by appointment only, so please don’t try to line up at the store or call your local pharmacy. When we have a steady stream of vaccine coming in from the federal government, we will launch walk-in locations and round-the-clock operations," Pritzker said.
Find Your Spot in Line
When could you and your family get the coronavirus vaccine, according to rollout recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine?
Find your estimated spot in line here.
Plan Your Vaccine: Find Out How to Get a Vaccine Anywhere in the US
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