The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) is responsible for coordinating the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out in our area. CCDPH will follow guidelines outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to vaccinate over 2.5 million residents in Cook County as quickly and efficiently as possible. The County’s overall strategy includes working with partners to ensure equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine. The Village continues to be in communication with County officials about the vaccination roll-out and will continue to update the community with new information. Below are several resources for more information on the vaccination.
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
- Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH)
The CCDPH is now inviting people to sign up to receive information about the vaccine distribution plan. This form does not register individuals to receive the vaccination, only to receive regular updates about the availability and distribution of the vaccination.
This presentation provides information on the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, the phased approach for vaccine allocation, and the partnerships the CCDPH intends to utilize for vaccine distribution.
Per the CCDPH, the COVID-19 will be rolled out in phases based on national and state guidance. There will be a very limited supply in the beginning and certain groups will be prioritized for eligibility to receive the vaccine.
Currently, we are in Phase 1 of the distribution plan with vaccinations being administered to Group 1a. This group includes health care workers, residents and staff at long-term care facilities and other health care workers including EMS personnel. We will share guidance from CCDPH on additional groups that are eligible to receive the vaccine as more information becomes available.
Village of Wilmette Advocacy
Click here to view a letter that was sent from MABAS Division 3 to the Cook County Department of Public Health regarding COVID-19 Vaccine distribution. The Village of Wilmette is a part of the third division of MABAS-Illinois (Mutual-Aid Box Alarm System), this letter outlines Lincolnwood, Northfield, Wilmette, and Winnetka’s interest in providing Cook County with additional support in COVID-19 Vaccine distribution.
Jan 6 – Cook County Virtual Town Hall
Cook County conducted a Virtual Town Hall on January 6, 2021 to review their vaccination plan and answer questions about the vaccine. Click here to view a recording of the town hall meeting.
Illinois Department of Public Health
The below resource includes guidance on how the State will move from Phase 1a to 1b of the vaccine rollout.
- Click here to view vaccine distribution information that was released by IDPH on January 6, 2021.
- Implementation of Phase 1b will begin when substantial progress has been made in vaccinating individuals included in Phase 1a and federal vaccine deliveries increase. No specific date was provided, but the Governor expressed hope that vaccine deliveries will increase significantly in the next several weeks.
- The age threshold will be increased in Phase 1b from what previously was for individuals > 75 years old to those that are > 65 years of age.
- Between the frontline essential workers* listed and individuals 65 years of age and older, 3.2 million individuals will be eligible to be vaccinated in Phase 1b.
This post was updated on 1/19/2021.