The Sangamon County Department of Public Health plans to have regular weekly vaccination clinics for Phase 1a. Other sectors and groups are planned to be vaccinated in the future. Please be patient as the health department will follow the guidance for priority groups provided by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) & Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
Phase 1: As COVID-19 vaccine is made available in ongoing supplies, efforts will focus on reaching critical populations. Vaccine administration strategies in Phase 1 are divided into three sub-phases:
- Healthcare Personnel
- Hospital settings
- Non-hospital healthcare
- Long-term care facility staff and all residents
- Other identified congregate care staff and all residents
- Persons aged 65 years and older
- Frontline essential workers, defined as those workers who are essential for the functioning of society and are at highest risk of exposure, including the following:
- First responders: Firefighters (including volunteers),
- Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs),
- 911 Dispatch (Public Safety Answering Point – PSAP),
- Security Personnel, School Officers. (EMS personnel are considered under Phase 1a).
- Corrections Officers/Inmates: Jail Officers, Juvenile Facility Staff, Workers Providing In-Person Support, Inmates.
- Food and Agriculture Workers: Processing, Plants, Veterinary Health, Livestock Services, Animal Care.
- Postal Service Workers
- Manufacturing Workers: Industrial production of goods for distribution to retail, wholesale or other manufacturers.
- Grocery Store Workers: Baggers, Cashiers, Stockers, Pick-Up, Customer Service.
- Public Transit Workers: Flight Crew, Bus Drivers, Train Conductors, Taxi Drivers, Para-Transit Drivers, In-Person Support, Ride Sharing Services.
- Education (Congregate Child Care, Pre-K through 12th grade): Teachers, Principals, Student Support, Student Aids, Day Care Workers.
- Shelters/Adult Day Care: Homeless Shelter, Women's Shelter, Adult Day/Drop-In Program, Sheltered Workshop, Psycho-Social Rehab.
- Persons aged 16 to 64 years old with medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19. Conditions include obesity, diabetes, pulmonary disease, heart condition including hypertension, kidney disease, cancer, immunocompromised, sickle cell and pregnancy.
- Other essential workers, may include:
- Transportation & Logistics
- Food Service
- Housing (e.g., Construction)
- Finance (e.g., bank tellers)
- Information Technology & Communication
- Public Safety (e.g., Safety Engineers)
- Water & Wastewater
- Public Health Workers
Phase 2: Larger number of vaccines are available. The focus is on ensuring access to vaccine for members of Phase 1 critical populations not yet vaccinated and extend efforts to reach Phase 2 critical populations. Possible groups could include, pending additional ACIP recommendations:
- Young adults aged 18-30
- General population
- Children (dependent upon a pediatric vaccine availability)
COVID-19 vaccine supply will increase substantially in early 2021, allowing greater distribution to the community. Recommendations for groups to focus on will broaden as vaccine becomes available, depending on characteristics of each vaccine, vaccine supply, and disease epidemiology.
IDPH SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Planning Guide http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccination-plan