CHICAGO — The city will move into the next phase of vaccinations, 1C, on March 29, making many more people eligible for the shots.
The city released details Wednesday on who will be eligible for a vaccine starting March 29 — and the list includes people with underlying conditions, restaurant workers and hairdressers. Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public, said during a Wednesday news conference.
Shots will not be available for everyone in 1C starting March 29. But the federal government will increase its supply of doses to Chicago, and anyone who wants a shot during Phase 1C will be able to get one in April or May, Arwady said.
Here’s what you need to know about Phase 1C:
Who Is Included In Chicago’s Phase 1C
Here is who will be eligible during 1C in Chicago:
- Clergy and religious organization workers
- Energy workers
- Finance workers
- Food and beverage service workers
- Higher education staff and faculty
- Information technology and communications workers
- Legal workers
- Other community- or government-based operations and essential functions
- Personal care services and hygiene (like hairdressers, barbers, etc.)
- Public health
- Public safety
- Shelter and housing
- Transportation and logistics
- Water and wastewater
- Chicagoans age 16 and older with these underlying health conditions:
- Cancer (current diagnosis)
- Cardiac, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disorders (including heart disease, coronary artery disease, and hypertension or high blood pressure)
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic respiratory disorders (including cystic fibrosis, moderate to severe asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/emphysema, known as COPD)
- Diabetes (Type 1 and 2)
- Disability: physical, developmental, visual, hearing or mental
- Neurologic conditions (including dementia)
- Down Syndrome
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) including from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids or use of other immune weakening medicines
- Liver disease (including hepatitis)
- Schizophrenia spectrum disorders
- Sickle Cell Disease
- People eligible during Phases 1A and 1B remain eligible.
An even more detailed list is available on the health department’s website. Click here to see it.
When Will Chicago’s Phase 1C Start?
Phase 1C will officially start March 29 in Chicago.
Chicago vaccine providers could start administering shots to people in the 1C category slightly early if they find their appointments are not being filled by people from 1B, Arwady said March 9.
How To Get A Vaccination Appointment
If you are in Phase 1C, you cannot make an appointment yet. Check back for updates.
How To Get Updates
You can sign up with Chi COVID Coach to get updates from the city’s health department on its vaccination campaign.
You can check the health department’s website for information.
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