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State unveils new COVID-19 website to help residents sign up for vaccines

As the state moved into Phase 1B of the COVID-19 Vaccination Administration Plan on Monday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a new portal at coronavirus.illinois.gov to provide residents with information about the COVID-19 vaccine and how they can register to receive the vaccine. 

Coronavirus.illinois.gov will provide eligible residents with nearby vaccination sites, information on how to make an appointment to receive the vaccine, updates on the state’s plan and eligibility and answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. 
People eligible for vaccines in Phase 1B include

  • Age 65+
  • First Responders, include firefighters, law enforcement officers, 911 workers, security personnel, school officers.
  • Education (congregate child care, pre-K through 12th grade) including teachers, principals, student support staff, student aids, day care workers.
  • Food and agriculture, including processing, plants, veterinary health, livestock services, animal care.
  • Manufacturing, including industrial production of good for distribution to retail, wholesale or other manufactures.
  • Corrections workers and inmates, including prison/jail officers, juvenile facility staff, workers providing in person support, inmates.
  • United State Postal Service workers.
  • Public transit workers, including flight crew, bus drivers, train conductors, taxi drivers, paratransit drivers, in person support, ride sharing services.
  • Grocery store workers, including baggers, cashiers, stockers, pick-up, customer service.
  • Shelters/adult day care, including homeless shelter workers, women’s shelter workers, adult day/drop-in program staff, sheltered workshop staff, psycho-social rehabilitation staff.

“This site will serve as a hub of all vaccine-related information, directing residents to the appointment booking homepages of our 97 local health departments and our pharmacy partners, which will total hundreds of locations statewide,” Pritzker said. “As federal supply is currently limited and every state in the nation is facing a shortage, I urge all eligible Illinoisans to check back regularly for available appointments – and in the meantime, mask up, keep our distance, wash our hands, and remember we’ll stay healthy and safe if we look out for each other.” 
Pharmacies will also begin offering vaccinations. Starting Monday, Walgreens is providing vaccines at 92 sites across the state. Eligible residents can schedule an appointment here. Jewel-Osco will begin vaccinating eligible residents Tuesday and the link to schedule an appointment is now live and can be found here
Over the next few days, additional pharmacy partners will be coming online and opening registration for appointments. Taken together, these pharmacy partners will provide hundreds of sites in every region of the state.  
More than 3.2 million Illinoisans are eligible for Phase 1B. Eligible residents will be able to receive a vaccine at one of the Illinois National Guard (ILNG) assisted sites, at a site operated by a local health department, or at a partner pharmacy. 
These sites will be available by appointment only. As the federal supply of vaccines increases and Illinois receives more vaccine, the state will launch walk-in locations and expand sites to additional providers like doctor’s offices and urgent care clinics. More information about those locations will be released in the coming weeks. 

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