COVID-19 Vaccination Guidelines

American Indian Health Service of Chicago follows CDC, City of Chicago Public Health Department and Indian Health Service guidelines and protocols for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccines are limited. Early guidelines followed a plan to vaccinate first responders and those most vulnerable to the virus spread and the virus’ epidemiological risks and conditions, but recent guidelines provide for greater immunization coverage.

Alert! The Phase 1B to 1C transitional period starts March 15 through March 29, 2021.
Phase 1C officially begins March 29th in Chicago. Governor Pritzker has announced that Illinois residents over the age of 16 can get a Covid vaccination as of April 12 (Phase 2). Chicago will continue with Phase 1C until further instructions from the mayor as supplies are limited.

Those covered in Phase 1C:

People aged 16-64 years with underlying medical conditions which increase the risk of serious, life-threatening complications from COVID-19. Other essential workers, such as people who work in transportation and logistics, food service, housing construction and finance, information technology, communications, energy, law, media, public safety, and public health.

Those still covered in Phase 1B:

65 Years or Older
Essential Non-Healthcare Workers
First Responders
Food and Agriculture
Public Transit Workers
Staff At Shelters and Day Cares
Corrections Workers and Inmates
USPS Workers
Grocery Store Workers

In the interim, please follow CDC guidelines to wear masks in public and keep social distancing at 6 feet or more to marginalize the spread of COVID-19.

Below are COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout Phases.*

*Vaccination phased rollout policy developed by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. January 13, 2021.

Phase     Group to be vaccinated in each phase

1A              Health care personnel
. Long-term care facility residents.
1B              Frontline essential workers. Persons aged 65 years and older.
1C              Persons aged 16–64 years with high-risk medical conditions
. Essential workers not recommended for vaccination in Phase 1b.
2                All persons aged 16 years and older not previously recommended for vaccination.

CDPH has been working with health care and community partners to increase our ability to quickly distribute a large amount of COVID-19 vaccine, as it becomes available. Supplies will increase over time, and it is anticipated all adults should be able to get vaccinated later in 2021. As the vaccine supply increases, COVID-19 vaccine will be available through additional vaccination providers, including doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and federally qualified health centers. 

What you need to know about COVID-19 Vaccines

Learn more about Covid-19 Vaccines. The link provides FAQs and answers about vaccines and how to prepare yourself to get vaccinated.