CHICAGO — Health officials in Chicago announced Wednesday a dramatic increase in vaccine eligibility.
Staring on March 29, the city will expand eligibility to Phase 1C — which includes all essential workers who cannot work from home and Chicagoans ages 16-64 with underlying conditions.
“Simply put, because of the hard work and sacrifice of so many across our city, we have the opportunity to open up vaccine opportunity to more folks and that’s what we’re doing,” said Lightfoot.
Chicago is on track to administer it’s 1 millionth dose by next week and the federal government is promising more supply.
“Vaccination eligibility will be expanded to residents who have underlying conditions essential workers such as restaurants, hotels, hairdressers, clergy, construction, delivery, and warehouse workers just to name a few,” said Lightfoot.
Half of Chicagoans 65 and older have been vaccinated. But as officials try to improve that number they admit under 1C, seniors may find it more difficult to get the vaccine and officials said they need to sign up now.
“It is going to be harder, honestly, for people over 65 to get a vaccine after March 29,” Dr. Arwady said. “We will do everything we can to prioritize them.”
In a shift, beginning on March 29, only Chicago residents will be able to get the vaccine at a public Chicago vaccination sites. Since vaccinations started, officials have been frustrated at the number of non-residents who’ve gotten shots.
A full list of conditions and further details on 1C can be found on CDPH’s website