The FDA has granted Emergency Use Authorization of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccination for COVID-19 in suburban Cook County is being rolled out in phases by the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) based on national guidance. Suburban Cook County started to receive vaccines on December 16, 2020.
Where are we now?
The State of Illinois is currently in Phase 1a of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, which is focused on healthcare personnel, long-term care facility staff and residents, licensed paramedics, and emergency medical technicians (EMTs).
Most long-term care facilities in Northbrook are registered to receive vaccines and are awaiting scheduling. Good news: Staff and residents of Covenant Village in Northbrook were vaccinated on Tuesday, December 29, 2020! Vaccinations are also currently being rolled out to licensed paramedics and EMTs.
To date, CCDPH has received three shipments of the vaccines, two from Pfizer and one from Moderna. All 15 hospitals in suburban Cook County have vaccines and have started to vaccinate their healthcare personnel.
Phase 1b will include frontline essential workers like police personnel, teachers, and grocery workers, as well as people over age 65. The specific locations and vaccine administrators for phase 1b have not been identified.
Planning is ongoing for vaccine distribution and timelines for groups beyond 1a. The Illinois Department of Public Health is guiding local health departments and vaccine providers in Illinois from one phase to the next. Vaccine availability is a limiting factor as to how fast the changes between phases will occur. CCDPH has not identified when the vaccine will be available to the general public.
Vaccine supply is expected to continually increase in the weeks and months ahead. Eventually, the vaccine will be available to all suburban Cook County residents who want it. CCDPH is monitoring the situation and working with the State on future COVID-19 vaccine shipments.
|Ken Morton, Fire Apparatus Engineer/Paramedic from the Northbrook Fire Department, received the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, December 30, 2020.|