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Vaccine Update

Mayor Lightfoot and Dr. Arwady announced that Chicago will move to Phase 1C of the vaccination distribution on Monday, March 29. Under this phase, all essential workers and Chicagoans age 16-64 with underlying medical conditions will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Chicagoans that are currently eligible under Phase 1A and 1B, including healthcare workers, frontline essential workers, and residents over the age of 65, will still be eligible. In Phase 1C, essential workers that are eligible for the vaccine will include workers in all of the following groups:

  • Clergy and religious organizations

  • Energy

  • Finance

  • Food and beverage service

  • Higher education

  • Information technology and communications

  • Legal

  • Media

  • Other community or government-based operations and essential functions

  • Personal care services and hygiene

  • Public health

  • Public safety

  • Retail

  • Shelter and housing, including hotel workers

  • Transportation and logistics

  • Water and wastewater

For detailed definitions of who is eligible within these groups, and a list of eligible underlying conditions, visit and specifically the Vaccine Distribution Phases Page. Please be advised that, due to limited vaccine supply, most essential workers will be vaccinated in April and May. Additional information can be found on the COVID Vaccine Website and more details will be shared in the coming days to help essential workers begin obtaining the vaccine when Phase 1C begins on March 29.

Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People Fully vaccinated people can:

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing

  • Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing

  • Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Take precautions in public like wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing

  • Wear masks, practice physical distancing, and adhere to other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease

  • Wear masks, maintain physical distance, and practice other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households

  • Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings

  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms

  • Follow guidance issued by individual employers

  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations



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