As more and more Illinoisans become vaccinated, officials and residents are beginning to look ahead to what comes next.
With Chicago anticipating entering a new vaccination phase at the end of the month, the Tribune will talk to University of Chicago Medicine’s Dr. Emily Landon on Tuesday in a Facebook Live conversation.
The state of Illinois began phase 1b on Jan. 25, vaccinating frontline essential workers such as first responders and teachers, along with people 65 and older. The state has since expanded eligibility under phase 1b-plus to include people with underlying health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, cancer and pregnancy.
Chicago has not yet expanded beyond phase 1b, with city officials citing a lack of doses.
But Chicago officials plan to open the next phase, 1c, by the end of the month, which will include people with underlying medical conditions and all other essential workers. This will include those who work in food service, construction, information technology, law and public safety.
The final part of vaccinations, Phase 2, will include all Chicagoans 16 and older and is estimated to start May 31.
Outside of Chicago, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday said Illinois shouldn’t have a problem meeting President Joe Biden’s deadline for opening up vaccine eligibility to all adults by May 1.
We will ask Landon about what residents can expect — and should have on their radar — as we move forward.
As the head of the University of Chicago health system’s infection control and prevention efforts, Landon has helped steer University of Chicago Medicine, the University of Chicago and its affiliates through the COVID-19 pandemic. She is a medical ethicist at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics and a national expert on the automated monitoring of hand hygiene.
The link to the Facebook Live stream will go live on the Tribune’s Facebook page at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Our COVID-19 Q&A is continuously updated. If you have a question that we haven’t answered yet there, send it to chicagotribune.com/ask.
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