CHICAGO — Suburban Cook County will move into 1B+ vaccinations next week, allowing people with certain underlying conditions to get the shots.
The suburbs will officially move into Phase 1B+ on Monday, according to a news release from the Cook County Public Health Department. Illinoisans 16 and older who have a qualifying medical condition will then be eligible to get vaccinated against coronavirus.
The move is being made because the county has seen “great progress in vaccinating” other vulnerable groups, particularly people 65 and older, according to the health department.
All providers within suburban Cook County will be asked to expand eligibility to 1B+ people, including state-supported mass vaccination sites in Des Plaines and at the Tinley Park Convention Center, South Suburban College and Triton College. Those mass vaccination sites will also receive additional doses to serve more Illinois residents, according to the health department.
Qualifying underlying conditions:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, known as COPD
- Heart conditions
- Immunocompromised from organ transplant
- Pulmonary disease
- Sickle Cell Disease
- People with certain disabilities
The move will mark a break with the city of Chicago, which is sticking with Phase 1B until March 29. It will then move into 1C, when people with certain underlying medical conditions will be eligible to be vaccinated.
People who wish to sign up to be vaccinated through the county can do so by registering online or by calling 833-308-1988 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.
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