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Illinois Begins Phase 1b of the Vaccine Distribution Plan

January 23, 2021


On January 22, Governor Pritzker announced that Illinois will begin Phase 1b of the vaccination distribution plan for Illinois on Monday, January 25. Persons now eligible for the vaccine in Phase 1b include:

  • 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.

The full vaccination plan and guidelines from IDPH can be viewed here: SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Planning Guide | IDPH (

For a list of current vaccination sites, you can view this list from the IL Manufacturer’s Association:  HealthDepartment-Vaccines-1-22.pdf (

Additionally, IDPH announced that it has revised its COVID guidelines to allow all high school sports the ability to play in regions that reach metrics to be within Phase 4 (as well as adjustments within the tiers 1 and 2 mitigations).  The revised metrics are intended to allow for all high school sports to be played this year. The revised guidance can be viewed here:

Also, as of Friday, January 22, the Governor announced all 11 regions have moved out of the Tier 3 mitigations. This morning, IDPH announced that Regions 10 and 11 have now met the metrics to move to Tier 1 – allowing indoor dining to reopen with capacity limits. The current regional breakdown is as follows (and can be viewed anytime here: Restore Illinois Regional Dashboard):

  • Tier 2: Region 4 (Metro East), Region 8 (DuPage and Kane), and Region 9 (Lake and McHenry);
  • Tier 1: Region 1 (North), Region 2 (North Central), Region 7 (Suburban Cook), Region 10 (Cook) and Region 11 (Chicago);
  • Phase 4: Regions 3 (West Central), Region 5 (Southern) and Region 6 (East Central).