COVID-19 Vaccination Resources and Updates

Who is responsible for vaccination distribution in Wilmette?

Vaccine distribution and administration is the responsibility of the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH). As part of federal and state guidelines, vaccines are only allotted to the 97 certified health departments in the State of Illinois. Of those certified health departments, only 4 are municipalities (Chicago, Evanston, Oak Park, and Skokie; all with populations of at least 50,000), the other 1,294 municipalities in the state fall under the jurisdiction of their county or regional health departments.

Where can I schedule appointments to receive my COVID-19 vaccine?

Suburban Cook County residents

Pharmacies

Healthcare providers

What is the Village’s role in the vaccination distribution?

While the Village does not have direct access to vaccinations for our community, the Village has and will continue to advocate as hard as we can on behalf of Wilmette residents to expedite the vaccination roll-out in suburban Cook County. The Village is committed to using all of its financial and personnel resources to accelerate the roll-out of the vaccine to our residents. To that end, Wilmette in partnership with the Villages of Winnetka, Northfield and Lincolnwood sent a letter to Cook County Department of Public Health in early January 2021 proposing to utilize our Certified Paramedics to administer vaccinations to Cook County residents. We have outstanding resources and personnel in our local Fire Departments and are working proactively with Cook County to leverage this asset.

As of 02/25/2021, The Village is excited to share that Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division 3, of which Wilmette is a member, is partnering with Cook County to leverage local resources and accelerate COVID-19 vaccine rollout in our area! A new vaccination site at New Trier High School will initially administer vaccines to local teachers and critical municipal employees such as firefighters, police officers and snow plow drivers (Note: this location is not open to the public at this time). It serves as a model for using local paramedics to expand vaccination in communities. Click here to view the program press release!

How is the vaccine being distributed across Illinois and Cook County?

The State of Illinois developed its vaccination distribution plan based upon guidance and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The ACIP recommended priority groups based upon risk of exposure, morbidity, and mortality. Click here for the State’s Vaccination Plan.

CCDPH followed federal and state guidelines for distributing the vaccine. Distribution prioritization is based on risk, not geographic location. However, all hospitals across the city will receive doses of the vaccine based on their healthcare workforce and patient populations. Additionally, CCDPH will look at access to the vaccine through an equity lens. Since the initial supplies of vaccine is limited, populations have been prioritized for receiving the vaccine. Click here for a presentation from CCDPH on their Vaccination Plan. Additionally, you can view the Cook County Virtual Town Hall from January 6 about the Vaccination Plan.

How are vaccinations being prioritized?

Both the State of Illinois and CCDPH have provided information on their vaccine distribution which highlight the first phase of the plan which includes Phases 1a and 1b.

Vaccine Distribution in Illinois

Who is included in Phase 1a?

Phase 1a includes frontline healthcare workers as well as residents and staff of long-term care facilities. Based on national guidance, healthcare workers will be the first population recommended to receive the vaccine, and even then, those who treat COVID-19 patients and perform certain procedures were prioritized for the first vaccinations. This prioritization ensures those with the highest risk of contracting COVID are protected. Additionally, by vaccinating those who provide direct patient care will protect our healthcare workforce capacity. Priority will also be given to adults living and working in long-term care facilities to prevent outbreaks in those facilities. In Cook County, it is estimated that there are 100,000 individuals included in Phase 1a.

Click Here for individuals who are included Phase 1a

Who is included in Phase 1b?

The expansion to Phase 1b includes members of the general public for the first time. This includes individuals who are 65+ and individuals who are considered frontline essential workers. Frontline essential workers are defined as, “workers who are in sectors essential to the functioning of society and are at substantially higher risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2” This includes  first responders (firefighters, police); education (teachers, support staff, daycare); food & agriculture; manufacturing; corrections workers; U.S. postal service workers; public transit workers; and grocery store workers. In Cook County, it is estimated that there are 645,000 individuals included in Phase 1b. This includes approximately 375,000 individuals who are 65+ and includes approximately 270,000 individuals who are considered frontline essential workers.

Click Here for individuals who are included Phase 1b

Where are we in the vaccine distribution process?

CCDPH is currently facilitating the vaccination of approximately 100,000 individuals from the Phase 1a group. CCDPH will continue to prioritize individuals from Phase 1a. Individuals from 1a have been identified, signed up for vaccinations and are being vaccinated. These are being done in partnership with local healthcare networks and pharmacies.

 CCDPH anticipates completing enough of Phase 1a to begin the transition to phase 1b on January 25.

When will I be able to get my vaccination if I am a member of Phase 1b?

Cook County has indicated that initial supplies of the vaccine are extremely limited and vaccinations for members of Phase 1b will not immediately be available.

How are the vaccines being distributed?

In order to meet the needs of these Phase 1b residents or workers CCDPH is adding significant capacity to our community vaccination plan distribution plan – CCDPH is distributing vaccine to a total of 91 sites including Cook County Health centers, large capacity sites around the county, 40 Walgreens locations, other pharmacies and county hospitals.

As more vaccine is distributed by the federal government, several thousand vaccination providers will be available, including but not limited to doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), across the state.

Where will the vaccines be distributed?

Click here for vaccination locations and appointment information.

Where is there information on total vaccinations administered?

Both the State of Illinois and Cook County Department of Public Health have developed dashboards that provide up to date information on vaccinations administered. Below are links to both of those dashboards.

Where is there information about the vaccination?

Below are several resources for more information on the vaccination.

 Can I register now to get the vaccine?

On January 25, Cook County opened up public registration regarding the COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program. It will include updates on the vaccine, notifications when vaccines are open to the different phases, information on scheduling the vaccine appointment, and information and vaccine distribution locations in Cook County.

This post was updated on 2/25/2021.

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