Chicago Unveils Distribution Plan for First COVID Vaccines
The Lightfoot administration on Wednesday rolled out distribution plans for the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available, possibly as soon as the week of Dec. 14. The plan allocates initial doses to all 34 hospitals in the city and intends to ensure that individuals and communities most impacted by the pandemic are prioritized in the weeks and months ahead.
Based on federal guidance, healthcare workers who treat COVID patients or conduct procedures putting them at high risk for COVID-19 spread will be the first to receive it.
Following frontline healthcare workers, priority will be given to residents and staff at long-term care facilities, workers in essential and critical industries including emergency services personnel, people at high risk due to underlying medical conditions, and people ages 65 and up.
“As encouraged as we are by the COVID-19 vaccine, widespread community distribution is still months away,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
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