Governor Pritzker announced this week that, starting April 12, 2021, all residents ages 16+ will be eligible to receive the COVID vaccine at state run sites. Such sites will include local health department sites, pharmacies and other vendors that have contracted with the state.
Please note that expanded distribution will not include certain vendors in Chicago that receive their doses directly from the city. Since Chicago receives its vaccine doses directly from the federal government, it makes its own rules. Chicago-based employees should first check to see if the vaccine site is state run or city run before making an appointment. Chicago entered Phase 1C today which will allow about 84% of its residents to be eligible for the vaccine. You can access eligible categories of residents at this link. The city estimates that the rest of Chicago will be eligible for the vaccine on May 31, 2021, which is beyond President Biden's goal of having everyone eligible by May 1st. Suburban Cook County is currently in Phase 1B but is allowing limited categories of employees in 1C to take the vaccine as well.
The Governor also announced a roadmap to fully reopening the state. Using a "bridge" approach, the Governor explained that the state is currently in Phase 4A, next there will be a "Bridge" period, and then Phase 5 (full
re-opening without restrictions). The state has updated the guidelines (where applicable) for each industry. You can refer to the current Phase 4 guidelines here.
Moving to the "Bridge" - Metrics
The state will move into this phase once 70% of the population of adults aged 65+ has received at least their first vaccination dose, AND the ICU bed capacity is at 20% or higher AND the mortality rate, the hospital admissions and case rate for COVID remain stable over a 28-day period.
Moving to Phase 5 - Metrics
We will move to this phase when we reach a 50% vaccination rate for residents age 16 and over and meet the same metrics and rates required to enter the "bridge" phase, over an additional 28-day period
Adjusted Capacity Restrictions
The state has adjusted some of the capacity restrictions for various industries. A complete list of capacity restrictions according to Phase can be found here. Individuals with proof of full vaccination will not count towards capacity restriction totals. It is important to note that if the COVID numbers rise, it is always possible to move back a phase.
Article provided by IRMA (Illinois Retail Merchant Association)