75K Kane County Residents In Coronavirus Vaccine Phase 1B

Jason Addy

KANE COUNTY, IL — Kane County officials are preparing for the next phase of its coronavirus vaccine rollout, with about 10,000 health care workers and long-term-care residents receiving at least one dose of the vaccine by Thursday.

Phase 1B, the second phase of the rollout, is set to include about 3.2 million Illinois residents, with people over 65 and front-line workers eligible under guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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About 75,000 residents in Kane County will be eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine during Phase 1B, the Kane County Chronicle reports.

Roger Fahnstock, chief information officer for Kane County’s IT department, said his team is working to build a portal to notify residents when vaccines are available, the report states.

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More than 3,300 Kane County residents were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by Thursday, about a month after federal authorities approved the first vaccine. That represents about 0.6 percent of the county's total population.

Nearly 7,000 others have received the first dose of the vaccine, with 13,564 total doses administered in the county by Thursday, according to IDPH statistics.

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Almost all of those who received the vaccine are health care workers or residents of long-term-care facilities, who were prioritized under the first phase of the vaccine rollout.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday he expects to announce a timeline for Phase 1B later this week. Residents who were eligible to receive a vaccine during Phase 1a but did not can "opt in" for a vaccine at any point, Pritzker said.

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This article originally appeared on the Aurora Patch