The Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike provided a detailed breakdown last week of how Illinois’ vaccine distribution will work. Illinois expects to receive 109,000 doses the week following the FDA’s Dec. 10 meeting, if approved. A portion, 23,000 doses, have been specifically earmarked for Chicago as a major population center in the state.
While the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended that the vaccine be prioritized first to health care workers and those staying or working in long-term, congregate care facilities, Pritzker said that more doses would likely be coming in the following weeks. Prioritization will then be extended to those individuals with significant COVID-19 co-morbidity risks and regions with underserved, at-risk populations.
HCAOA’s Illinois Chapter sent a letter to Dr. Ezike urging the state to prioritize home care workers in the early rounds of the vaccine.