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All essential workers in suburban Cook County eligible for vaccine as ‘limited number’ of doses to open up
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 Chicago Tribune by Alice Yin
Suburban Cook County will allow remaining essential workers who have not yet been eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine to qualify for the shot starting Wednesday.
Some of those jobs include employees working in the fields of clergy, restaurants, energy, legal, retail, transportation and construction, according to a news release from the county’s public health department. The next step will be opening up vaccines to all people 16 and older, which should come in the next few weeks, the release said.
“This will expand on our equitable distribution of vaccine and build on the progress we’ve made in earlier phases of our program,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle wrote in a statement.
The latest move opens up vaccine eligibility to about 100,000 residents of suburban Cook County. In total, about 1 million residents are estimated to be eligible with the new addition, leaving 400,000 still waiting.
A full list of eligible essential worker definitions is on the public health department
Also on Wednesday, the county announced a “limited number” of first-dose appointments would go up at 6 p.m. on the Cook County Health website. Appointments can be made at vaccine.cookcountyil.gov or by calling 833-308-1988.
Those appointments total more than 8,000 slots throughout Thursday, with more future openings scheduled to be released that day.