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Vaccine Planning in DuPage County

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COVID-19 vaccination in DuPage County

  • Vaccine Registration - Please note: you will not be able to schedule an appointment until the time is right! Signing up here allows us to contact you with specific information when appointments or clinics are available.  If you want to register please click here.
  • DCHD is working to vaccinate people in alignment with the Phase 1a recommendations from the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) which includes healthcare personnel (HCP), as defined by CDC and further defined by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
  • DCHD will begin the transition to Phase 1b starting 1/25/21
  • DCHD will continue to provide opportunities for HCP to be vaccinated while also getting started with those newly eligible in Phase 1b. The complete list of groups eligible to receive vaccine as part of Phase 1b is available as part of IDPH’s Mass Vaccination Planning Guide
  • HCP will be required to present verification of their healthcare personnel status, i.e., employee ID badge, check stub, state licensure, or certificate. 
  • Phase 1b eligible individuals will also be asked to provide verification of their eligibility through either photo ID to confirm age-based eligibility or employment verification to identify occupational eligibility. 
  • Based on limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine across the country and in DuPage County we anticipate it may take approximately 12 weeks to vaccinate the nearly 270,000 individuals in DuPage County who meet Phase 1b criteria
  • Vaccination is by appointment only and dependent on vaccine supply.
  • As the vaccine supply provided by the State of Illinois/IDPH is allocated based on county jurisdiction, DCHD is further prioritizing its administration of vaccine for individuals who reside, work, or attend college/university in DuPage County. Individuals presenting for vaccination at a DCHD location may be asked to provide verification of residence, employment, or school attendance within DuPage County. 
  • Currently, we are only providing vaccinations to individuals 18 years and older.
  • Vaccination prioritization will continue to change as COVID-19 vaccine supply increases in the coming weeks. 
Last Updated: 1/21/21


Current Distribution Considerations

  • There is a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines. This means that not everyone will be able to be vaccinated right away. Supply is expected to continually increase in the weeks and months ahead. The DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) and local partners are planning for distribution across the county.
  • While the supply is limited, certain groups (e.g. healthcare workers) will be prioritized to receive vaccine, based on national guidance.
  • DCHD has been working with healthcare 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 supplies increase, COVID-19 vaccine will be available through additional vaccination providers, including doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and federally qualified health centers.

Learn more at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 8 Things to Know about Vaccine Planning.

Groups Considered for Early Vaccination if Supply is Limited

Based on national level guidance, there are currently five groups considered for early vaccination if supply is limited: 

  • Healthcare personnel
  • Long-term care facility residents
  • Workers in essential and critical industries
  • People at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness due to underlying medical conditions
  • People 65 years and older

Supporting Information

Why vaccinating certain populations first?

  • Healthcare personnel continue to be on the front line of the nation’s fight against this deadly pandemic. By providing critical care to those infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, many healthcare personnel have a high risk of being exposed to and getting sick with COVID-19. Healthcare personnel who get COVID-19 can also spread the virus to their patients seeking care for medical conditions that, in turn, increase their patients’ risk for severe COVID-19 illness. Early vaccine access is critical to ensuring the health and safety of this essential workforce of approximately 21 million people, protecting not only them but also their patients, communities, and the broader health of our country. 
  • Long-term care facility residents are at high risk for infection, severe disease, and death from COVID-19.  Prevention may reduce hospital utilization.
  • Workers in essential and critical industries are considered part of America’s critical infrastructure. Current data show that many of these workers are at increased risk for getting COVID-19. Early vaccine access is critical not only to protect them but also to maintain the essential services they provide U.S. communities. 
  • People with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness, regardless of their age. Severe illness means that the person with COVID-19 may require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe, or that they may even die. Early vaccine access is critical to ensuring the health and safety of this population that is disproportionately affected by COVID-19. 
  • Among adults, the risk for severe illness and death from COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at highest risk. Early vaccine access is critical to help protect this population that is disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

Please note this is a rapidly evolving situation. Information will be updated as it becomes available.

COVID-19 Vaccine Related News Releases

Posted: January 20, 2021

Over 46,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered Despite Limited Vaccine Supply

As of today, DuPage County leads the state with 1.39% of the population fully vaccinated. Over 46,000 vaccines have been administered to DuPage County residents, and 12,949 persons have been fully vaccinated with two doses, according to COVID-19 vaccination data. As the number of individuals vaccinated in the Phase 1a category increases to a substantial level, DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) anticipates beginning the transition to Phase 1b starting Monday, January 25.
Posted: January 13, 2021

DuPage County Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine Weekly Update

This week, vaccination efforts in DuPage County remain focused on administering first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare personnel in Phase 1a and expanding vaccine capacity throughout the county. As of Jan. 12, 2021, approximately 33,950 vaccines have been administered to DuPage County healthcare personnel according to vaccination data provided by Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). DuPage County is currently in the top five counties for the percent of population fully vaccinated.
Posted: January 6, 2021

DuPage County Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine Weekly Update

Since COVID-19 vaccine began arriving in DuPage County, over 18,000 healthcare workers who live or work in DuPage County have now been vaccinated, as of Jan. 4, 2021. This indicates the County being on track to complete the Phase 1a priority group, including  an estimated 43,000 healthcare personnel (HCP), within the projected eight-week timeline.
Posted: December 31, 2020

DuPage County Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine Weekly Update

Since the first doses of vaccine were received on December 16, DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) and the health systems serving DuPage County are working to vaccinate as many healthcare personnel as possible as the vaccine supply increases. DCHD will be reporting the total number of vaccines distributed and administered in the county in the coming week.
Posted: December 23, 2020

DuPage County Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine Weekly Update

Since the first 13,650 doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in DuPage County last Wednesday, DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) has worked to distribute vaccine to local healthcare partners who have been vaccinating healthcare personnel in DuPage County. Over 10,000 healthcare personnel have been vaccinated so far.  
Posted: December 18, 2020

DuPage County Health Department Delivers COVID-19 Vaccine to Hospitals

DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) staff securely transported and delivered the first allotments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to all DuPage County hospitals on Thursday, December 17, 2020. These initial vaccine shipments will serve to vaccinate and protect healthcare personnel in DuPage County.
Posted: December 16, 2020

DuPage County Received its First COVID-19 Vaccine Shipment

Today, DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) received its first shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). The vaccine was authorized on Friday, December 11, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through an emergency use authorization (EUA) after conducting a thorough evaluation of the available safety, effectiveness and manufacturing quality information.
Posted: December 9, 2020

DuPage County Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan Weekly Update

The DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) is preparing to receive and distribute the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in DuPage County next week. At this time, the amount of vaccine in the first shipment to DuPage is expected to be about 13,000 doses.
Posted: December 4, 2020

Health Department Planning for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution in DuPage County

In anticipation of COVID-19 vaccine availability, the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) is preparing to receive and distribute vaccines later this month. This work includes developing plans to ensure equitable and timely distribution, assessing logistical capabilities, and communicating vaccine safety and effectiveness to diverse populations in multiple sectors.

Last Updated: 1/8/21