COVID-19 vaccination in DuPage County
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
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.
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Last Updated: 1/8/21