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COVID Chicago update: Health officials discuss vaccine distribution, coronavirus travel order – WLS-TV


Vaccine advisers to the CDC voted 13-1 Tuesday to suggest both healthcare workers and homeowners of long term care centers be first in line for any vaccines that receive FDA emergency use permission.
The choice is non-binding. It will be up to state and regional authorities to decide where the doses go first, but plans are in place to focus on health care workers across the city.
” We have strategies that will start with, with all 37 Chicago medical facilities, receiving vaccine for its healthcare workers, not yet for patients. And we have strategies for all 128 long term care centers in Chicago,” Dr. Arwady said.
Chicago is expecting to get an initial dispensation between 20,000-25,000 dosages shortly after the very first vaccine from Pfizer gets approved, which might happen on December 10 when the FDA satisfies to consider the request for emergency usage.
Those dosages will become part of the 109,000 dosages the state said it anticipates to get. Both the city and state prepare for health care workers with direct contact with COVID-19 clients are anticipated to be part of the first tier of those getting vaccines. Those in long term care facilities, like nursing houses, will be next.
And while the city is motivating everyone to get the vaccine once its more widely offered, it will not be required on anyone.
” We are not preparing for at this point a sort of a city requirement around vaccine or a national requirement around vaccine,” Dr. Arwady stated. “And in this early stage where its still under emergency situation use permission and where its simply not commonly offered, we would not prepare for vaccine requireds in any setting.”
Gov. JB Pritzker echoed those beliefs, saying that there are not any state vaccine requireds, but they will look at the history of vaccines for context and things could change. He stated the state anticipates to reveal a tiered plan later on this week.

CHICAGO (WLS)– Chicago health officials stated Tuesday they anticipate they will begin immunizing people for COVID -19 by the third week of December.
” I believe its likely that we will be vaccinating here in Chicago, most likely the third week of December or the fourth week of December depending on how the federal timeline pays,” said Dr. Allison Arwady, Chicago Department of Public Health commissioner. “Which means actually two weeks from today, we could be discussing vaccination.”
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Health care employees will be the first concern, however the state is promising equity as vaccines end up being more extensively available.
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” There are a lot of people who are extremely susceptible, as you understand, who have comorbidities, you know, who remain in neighborhoods that have been ill affected due to the fact that of the prevalence of illness simply in basic or the failure of health care in those neighborhoods,” Gov. Pritzker stated.
The goal is for the vaccine to be offered to most Americans by next summer.

” Weve been ready and we are all set to begin COVID-19 vaccine administration when the trials are done,” said Arwady.
Under Chicagos vaccine strategy, thousands of the very first dosages would go to frontline healthcare employees instantly. Responders and long-lasting care facility citizens would also have concern.
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” We are dealing with our health centers. We are enrolling them to vaccine suppliers. We are getting additional information from them on their health care worker numbers and who might suit those higher danger categories,” said Dr. Candice Robinson, CDPH medical director.
Chicagos vaccine lack and distribution strategy has actually currently been well crafted with expanded capacity for different temperatures, a plan to get several vaccines and expanded hours and services at city clinics to distribute doses.
” We in fact utilized our flu centers as a chance to practice for our COVID-19 vaccine administration,” Robinson said.

” By the time we get to April, they would likely have actually looked after all the high top priority and then the general population of the typical, healthy young man or woman– 30 years old, whos got no hidden conditions [and] can stroll in to a CVS or Walgreens and get vaccinated,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Since Tuesday morning, the Illinois Federation of Teachers President Dan Montgomery said if the objective is to gets kids back to school as soon as possible, teachers must be on the concern list for a vaccine. He stated instructors are all set.
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” I think the vast majority of instructors are going to get vaccinated when its safe and suitable,” Montgomery stated.
In the meantime, drug maker Pfizer is moving extra deliveries from production in Belgium to a storage facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, so that the minute the FDA authorizes the vaccine for emergency situation use, those very first shots will be ready to hurry throughout the country.
In Illinois, the states top medical professional Ngozi Ezike is advising Illinois homeowners to be patient.
” Theres going to be like a phase 1-A and 1-B and 1-C, and that alone will take, you understand, several months to roll out,” Dr. Ezike said. “So its not a matter of Dec. 10– maybe theres vaccines several days later.

3 states were last contributed to the orange category in Chicagos updated travel quarantine order on November 17.
It was the very first update given that the order was revamped with a new color-coded system.
As part of the new system, states are placed in three categories: red, yellow and orange.
On November 17, California, New Hampshire and New York moved from the yellow category to the orange classification.
States in the yellow classification have a rolling seven-day average of under 15 cases per-day per-100,000 homeowners. No quarantine or pre-arrival test is required.
States in the orange classification have a rolling seven-day average of in between 15 cases per-day per-100,000 locals and the Chicago rolling seven-day average, currently 60 cases per-day per-100,000. A 14-day quarantine or a pre-arrival test of no greater than 72 hours before arrival is required.

Those doses will be part of the 109,000 dosages the state said it expects to get. Both the city and state anticipate health care employees with direct contact with COVID-19 clients are expected to be part of the first tier of those getting vaccines. We are registering them to vaccine companies. We are getting additional info from them on their health care worker numbers and who may fit in those greater risk classifications,” said Dr. Candice Robinson, CDPH medical director.
“So its not a matter of Dec. 10– possibly theres vaccines several days later on.

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-34 orange states and Puerto Rico (must quarantine or get a pre-arrival negative test outcome): Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.
-12 red states (need to quarantine): Indiana, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota, Iowa, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

States in the red classification have a rolling seven-day average of cases per-day per-100,000 citizens above Chicagos rate. A 14-day quarantine is mandatory.
Just 3 states remain in the yellow classification (no requirements): Maine, Hawaii, Vermont
Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said non-essential travel is still not recommended to yellow states.

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