FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 10, 2021
Illinois Expands Phase 1B Eligibility, Now People With Certain Disabilities May Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
CHICAGO—We at Chicago ADAPT are glad to see Illinois expand its eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to include more people with disabilities. The new plan includes several changes that our members, along with other disability advocates and activists, brought up via recent call-ins to the state government.
Chicago ADAPT co-coordinator Noah Ohashi said he was grateful for the governor and for state officials who listened to the demands outlined in those calls, but he noted that we are still hoping to see a more in-depth breakdown specifying which disabilities will qualify someone for the vaccine.
In a statement released earlier today*1, Governor Pritzker says that Illinoisans who have an “elevated risk of serious complications or death if they contract COVID-19” will be eligible for vaccination under the new plan. “Illinois is moving forward in accordance with guidance from the CDC to expand our eligible population as supply allows,” Pritzker said, “Getting us closer to the point when the vaccine is widely available to all who want it.”
“The Pritzker administration will begin working with local health departments and other providers across the state to include these additional higher-risk individuals into their community vaccination plans in the weeks ahead,” read a statement from the Office of the Governor.
We now hope to see local public health departments follow the state’s lead and look forward to contributing to any future discussion concerning who will be included in immediate vaccinations.
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