What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccinations

15 Feb 2021 9:00 AM | IAMHP Support (Administrator)

As the COVID-19 vaccination rollout continues, IAMHP wants to ensure Medicaid members stay up-to-date with the most current information and access to resources. Lack of access is still an issue for many so IAMHP, along with its member plans, are committed to partnering with community organizations to provide increased access to care and resources throughout the COVID-19 vaccination process.

 

What you need to know

There are two COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized and recommended for use in the United States, and three other vaccines are currently in large-scale clinical trials. Visit the CDC website to learn more about the different vaccines for COVID-19 and how vaccines work.

The process for who gets vaccinated and when is based on a phased strategy as vaccine supply is available using guidance from local, state and national public health authorities.

  • Healthcare vaccinations began on December 15, 2020, with the federal government's nursing home and long-term care vaccination program delivering its first shots on December 28, 2020.
  • On January 25, 2021, Phase 1B began, allowing frontline essential workers and residents aged 65 and over to get vaccinated.
  • As of February 25, 2021, Phase 1C is being added to expand qualifications of Phase 1B throughout the state of Illinois with the exception of Cook County and the City of Chicago.

Vaccination phases include:

Phase 1A: Healthcare personnel and long term care facility residents

Phase 1B: Individuals age 65 and older and front-line essential workers.

Phase 1C: Individuals aged 16-64 with high risk conditions and essential workers not recommended in Phase 1B.

Phase 2: All people aged 16 years and older not in Phase 1.

How to sign up:

If you are an eligible individual as outlined in Phase 1A or 1B, such as health care workers, first responders, essential workers, or anyone 65 years of age and older, or if you are outside of Cook County or the City of Chicago and are 16 years of age and older with a high risk medical condition, find your nearest vaccination site.

For those living or working in Cook County, more information can be found at vaccine.cookcountyil.gov.









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