Illinois Reveals Phased Approach For Vaccine Distribution

IDPH plans to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in 4 phases. Healthcare workers & long-term care facilities will be included in Phase 1.

Posted: Dec 10, 2020 10:26 PM
Updated: Dec 11, 2020 7:14 AM

Illinois reveals it's Vaccination Prepardness Plan.

Following federal guidance, Illinois plans to distrubute the vaccine in phases. But, state officals warn the plan is subject to change depending on the state of COVID-19 within state lines or if officals recieve additional guidance from federal officials.

Phase 1: Limited/scarce supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses available. Focus initial efforts on reaching critical populations. Ensure vaccination locations selected can reach populations, manage cold chain requirements, and meet reporting requirements for vaccine supply and uptake. Vaccine administration strategies in phase 1, is broken into three (3) sub-phases:

Phase 1a:

•Health Care Personnel.
•Long Term Care Facility Residents.

Phase 1b:

•Possible groups could include: More guidance to come pending ACIP recommendations.
•Possible groups could include: Essential Frontline Workers.

Phase 1c:

•Possible groups could include: More guidance to come pending ACIP recommendations.
•Possible groups could include: Adults with high risk medical conditions and those over 65 years of age.

Phase 2: Larger number of vaccine doses available. Focus on ensuring access to vaccine for members of Phase 1 critical populations not yet vaccinated, extend efforts to reach Phase 2 critical populations. Possible groups could include;

•possible groups could include: More guidance to come pending ACIP recommendations.
•possible groups could include: Workers in industries and occupations important to the functioning of society.
•Possible groups could include: People with moderate comorbid conditions.

Phase 3: Vaccine supply even more widely available.

•More guidance to come pending ACIP recommendations.
•Possible groups could include: Immunization of children (if a pediatric vaccine is approved/available).
•Possible groups could include: Young adults (18-30).

Phase 4: Sufficient supply of vaccine doses are available for the entire state (surplus of doses). The focus in this phase is ensuring everyone who qualifies and needs or wants a COVID-19 vaccine receives the requested vaccine at no cost.

Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Clinics, private providers, and pharmacies will assume the majority of the vaccination efforts in their areas in this Phase. Local Health Departments will focus vaccination efforts toward the most vulnerable populations, such as homeless populations with limited access to care. IDPH will also use mobile health units, as needed or requested.

In each phase, once the priority groups have been satisfactorily reached, vaccine administration planning can then focus on reaching the next population of focus and/or the general population where the overarching goal is to elicit herd immunity.

You can read IDPH's entire COVID-19 Vaccination Prepardness Plan here.

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