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Illinois vaccine eligibility expanding to include Phase 1b Part II

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(WSIL) -- Illinois is expanding the requirements for those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Starting Thursday, February 25th, those in phases 1A, 1B and 1B, Part II are all eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.  

RELATED: Illinois launches three additional mass vaccination sites; two in Carbondale

Those currently eligible include the following: 

  • Phase 1A: Health care Personnel (Hospital Settings, Non-hospital health, Other Congregate Care, Long-Term Care Facility residents and staff)
  • Phase 1B Part I: Those 65 years of age and older and frontline workers with higher risk of exposure because of their inability to perform work duties remotely and work in proximity to other coworkers or members of the public:
    - Persons aged 65 years and older.
    - Frontline essential workers, who do not work remotely, are defined as those workers who are essential for the functioning of society.
  • Phase 1B Part II (Begins 2/25): Persons aged 16 to 64 years with high-risk medical conditions
    Persons aged 16 to 64 years with medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19. See the link for additional information https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extraprecautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html

Conditions include Obesity (click on the CDC BMI calculator to determine eligibility based on weight), Diabetes, Pulmonary Diseases, Smoking, Heart Conditions, Chronic Kidney Disease, Cancer, Immunocompromised State from a Solid Organ Transplant, Sickle Cell Disease, Pregnancy, and Persons with Disability (Not otherwise covered in previous categories.)

SIH will be hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics on Wednesday 2/24/21 and Friday 2/26/21. You can register for those clinics through MyChart, or by calling 866-744-2468.

Jackson County Health Department is working with the Illinois National Guard to offer additional vaccine sites in Carbondale for eligible individuals throughout the region.  Visit www.jchdonline.org for more information and to make an appointment.  You can also call 618-684-3143 to make an appointment if you are unable to schedule on-line.

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Kenzie Dillow

Kenzie Dillow is the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at News 3 WSIL. She joined the team in 2016 as a video editor, moved into a Producer role in 2017 and took over the SMDCM position in 2021. Kenzie graduated from SIU Carbondale in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Sports Broadcasting and a minor in Advertising.

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