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The city of Chicago, as well as the entire world, has learned to move with the protocols of Covid 19. The daily routine incorporates mouth covers, alcohol gels, social distancing, confinement, uncertainty, death and a long list of emotions and fears that experts advise to avoid reading to mitigate the stress and mental health problems that have been triggered in recent months. Restaurants, gyms, shopping malls and even homes have adapted to a new format of coexistence and survival that has exposed inequalities by race and social status. But to this description, we must add the vaccination process that began last year in December and will last until mid-2021. We can think of a more auspicious scenario, if we think that the second outbreak of this pandemic was as violent as its predecessor. 

It was said at the time that “There will be a gradual rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Chicago with a very limited supply at first, so certain groups will be prioritized. Everyone is encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as it is their turn. Supplies will increase over time and all adults will be able to get vaccinated later in 2021” ( This information came out on the official website)  


On January 25, Phase 1B of vaccinations began. 

Chicagoans age 65 and older

  • Chicagoans age 75 and older
  • Chicagoans age 65-74 with underlying medical conditions
  • All Chicagoans age 65 and older

Non-sanitary residential environments

  • Homeless shelters
  • Correctional settings
  • Other residential settings with local outbreaks

Essential front-line workers

  • Correctional workers and first responders
  • Workers in supermarkets and manufacturing/factory environments with outbreaks
  • Day care, K-12 and early education workers
  • Public transportation workers, other manufacturing and agricultural workers
  • Continuing government and postal workers. 


  • Persons aged 65 and over – 363,000 persons. 
  • Non-healthcare residential settings – 21,000 people. 
  • First responders – 42,000 people. 
  • Supermarket workers – 17,000 people. 
  • Education: 142,500 people. 
  • Public transportation workers: 60,000 people. 
  • Manufacturing: 53,000 people. 
  • Food and agriculture: 10,000 people. 
  • Government: 5,300 
  • Total: 713,800


March 29 stage 1C vaccinations.

  • Chicagoans ages 16 to 64 with underlying medical conditions and all essential workers. 

Estimated second start-up: May 31, 2021. 

En esta etapa se consideran niños,  ya que hay autorización para que sean vacunados. 

Una vez que termine todo este proceso, seguirán habiendo muchas preguntas e inquietudes; sobre todo por la efectividad de la vacuna. que es de un 95%,  y por la inmunidad que debería ofrecer y cuyos resultados estarán a la vista de todo el mundo. 

Los años 2020 y 2021, ya tienen un lugar en nuestra memoria, y aunque aún no se sabe con exactitud por qué se generó esta pandemia, más allá de todas las especulaciones y teorías; lo que sí está claro es que hemos cambiado y eso, ya no tiene vuelta atrás. 

Important information: 

Sign up for Chi COVID Coach to receive updates from CDPH on the progress of vaccine distribution in Chicago. You will receive updates on when the City goes through each phase and instructions on how to register for vaccination appointments. (Chi COVID Coach is NOT an immunization appointment website).


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