COVID-19 vaccinations for CPS staff expected to begin mid-February

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CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Department of Public Health announced Friday details of the plan to vaccinate thousands of eligible staff and educators under phase 1b of the city’s vaccination plan.

CPS expects to begin receiving vaccines in mid-February, at which it will begin a multi-month effort to offer vaccinations to eligible staff. 

“Vaccinating our frontline essential workers who continue to provide for our communities during this difficult time – including CPS educators and staff – has always been a key goal of our City’s vaccination strategy,” said Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “Not only will this vaccination plan bolster our safety initiatives as we welcome students and staff back into the classroom, but it will also put our city on the right track to reopening and returning to a sense of normalcy.”

CPS has developed a prioritization system based on the level of exposure to others. Employees who fall into the following groups may be further prioritized if they are age 65 or over, or have a high risk medical condition per CDC. 

A detailed chart outlining prioritization can be found below:

“After months of COVID-19 ravaging our communities, we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and are looking forward to executing a strategy in partnership with CDPH to vaccinate all of our employees,” said CPS CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson. “I’d like to thank Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot for prioritizing education by recognizing the integral role school staff and educators play in society by prioritizing their vaccination.” 

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

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