NBC Chicago – What we know about Phase 1C covid vaccines in Chicago

Chicago will enter the first phase of COVID vaccination in late March, with residents with underlying health conditions, increasing eligibility for essential workers such as servers, bartenders, hair stylists and more.

But who exactly is eligible and how can you sign up?

Everything we know so far is here.

When does Phase 1C begin?

Phase 1C is set to begin March 29, officials announced Wednesday.

Who is eligible?

Here’s a breakdown of who qualifies and what doesn’t qualify under Phase 1C in Chicago:

Underlying medical conditions

Cancer (current diagnosis), cardiac, cardiovascular and brain disorders (including heart disease, coronary artery disease, and hypertension or high blood pressure), chronic kidney disease, chronic respiratory disorders (including cystic fibrosis, severe asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and chronic) Pulmonary disease / emphysema [COPD]), Diabetes (type 1 and type 2), disabilities: physical, developmental, visual, hearing, or mental, neurologic conditions (including dementia), Down syndrome, immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) in which blood or bone marrow, myocardial infarction Included. Deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or other immunosuppressive drugs, liver disease (including hepatitis), pregnancy, obesity: BMI ≥30 kg / m2, schizophrenia spectrum disorder, sciatica Persons with disabilities

Skills and religious associations

People 65 years and older; Where possible, a preference for Chicago 75 years and older and Chicago age 65-74 with underlying medical conditions


Workers supporting the energy sector, including those involved in energy production, distribution, and repair.


Banks; Currency exchange; Consumer financing; Credit unions; Evaluator; Title companies; Financial markets; Financial institutions; Organizations selling financial services; Accounting services and insurance services

Food and beverage service

Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food (including bars); Organizations providing food services

Higher education

Those working in educational institutions – including the administration of junior colleges, four-year colleges and universities, technical schools, business schools, educational support services and education programs.

Information technology and communications

Internet, video and telecommunications systems, consumer electronics repair, computer and office fee machine repair


Including workers providing legal services or supporting the functioning of the judiciary, judges, lawyers, paralegals, legal assistants, process servers, couriers, bail bond agents, parole officers, probation office fees, court staff and providing legal assistance or performing legal functions.


Newspapers, magazines, television, radio and other media services, news dealers and newsstands, broadcasts, news syndicates, print and book publishers
Other community- or government-based operations and essential functions
Other government employees; Community-based essential functions (e.g., urban planning, offices that provide basic necessities such as food, child care, shelter, and social services); Workers in libraries

Personal care services and hygiene

Occupations that provide personal care services, such as hair, nail and non-medical massage.

Laundromats, dry cleaners, industrial laundry services and laundry service providers

Public health

Public health institutions; Pharmaceutical, medical device and devices and biotechnology companies

Public safety

Workers who make sure public safety systems work properly, including building inspectors, civil engineers, chemical engineers, aerospace engineers and hazardous materials responders. Workers who build and maintain roads, highways, railways and ports. Cybersecurity operations workers


Workers working in retail stores, but not limited to stores selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, drugs that do not require a medical prescription, other non-grocery products (e.g. electronics, optical goods, books, etc.), others Household consumer products, wholesalers, licensed cannabis clinics and farming centers

Shelter and accommodation

Hardware stores and businesses; Construction and maintenance of buildings, real estate; Hotel and motel workers

Transportation and logistics

Workers at the gas station; Auto and bike supply and repair; Businesses that provide shipping and delivery services; Couriers; Warehouses; Private mail; Airline workers are not included in 1B; Those working in rail, water, truck, charter bus transport or transport fares

Water and dirty water

Workers involved in wastewater treatment and operations; Sanitary and storm maintenance crew to perform essential maintenance of emergencies and systems

Those who already qualify under Phases 1A and 1B will also be eligible in Phase 1C.

Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Alison Arwadi noted that eligibility at city-run vaccination sites will be limited to Chicago residents only.

How can you make an appointment?

Officers are vaccinating through Zokdok. Residents can check zocdoc.com/vaccine to confirm eligibility, view nearby vaccination locations, show their real-time appointment availability, and receive notifications when new appointments are available.

The city also says appointments can be made by certain employers, local health care providers and field pharmacies.

For a complete list of appointments in Chicago, click here.

However, officials warned that the character, not all will be able to get an appointment immediately.

“My concern, you know, as we open up, is the same, people will magically think there’s a big supply starting March 29 – and not there,” Arwadi said. “But we’ll be able to get enough vaccines at that stage, you know, a very large majority – about three-quarters of the people who would be eligible in 1B. Looking good in terms of ability to do.So I know a lot of people are anxious to get vaccinated and I also know that April will probably be a disappointment for some of them, especially April. In May, I think we will come to a stage where it will start to feel like a typical flu vaccine. “

For a full look at where and how you can make an appointment in Illinois or where you can get vaccine information for your area, click here.