More Illinoisans Now Eligible for Vaccine; Hands-on Help for Small Businesses Coming

January 26, 2021

Illinois moved to Phase 1B for COVID-19 vaccinations
The entire state of Illinois began Phase 1B for COVID-19 vaccinations on January 25, which includes:
  • Residents age 65 and over – 1.9 million adults in Illinois qualify
  • Frontline essential workers – 1.3 million Illinois residents qualify (first responders, education, food and agriculture, manufacturing, corrections workers and inmates, USPS workers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and staff at shelters and day cares)
Physicians who want to order vaccines to be administered in their offices must enroll in I-CARE, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)’s online immunization record-sharing application.

While vaccination sites are going up across the state and the Illinois National Guard has been called upon to help vaccinate, getting everyone vaccinated in this phase will take some time without a significant uptick in vaccine shipments to Illinois.
IDPH’s new daily vaccination data web page offers up-to-date information about vaccine distribution and administration.
Assistance for small business owners
It was recently announced that Illinois will be hiring new Community Navigators to assist Illinois small business owners, such as medical practices, with accessing federal COVID-19 emergency financial programs and to help with the somewhat complicated application process.
The U.S. Small Business Administration also just reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19.
Learn more about assistance for small business owners.
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