State of Illinois to Begin Vaccination Process

The State of Illinois will begin the vaccination process on December 10, 2020.  Here’s some general information about the vaccinations.

  1. The State will not be issuing a vaccine mandate.
  2. Priority Group 1A is Healthcare workers and healthcare support workers and long-term care facility residents (skilled nursing), followed by assisted living facilities
  3. Priority Group 1B is First Responders – Firefighter/Paramedics, Police Department and Public Works employees and food and agriculture workers
  4. Shots are for those 18-years or older.  State is waiting on guidance for children younger than 18.
  5. Testing is not a pre-requisite to obtain a vaccination.
  6. This is a two (2) shot process. Both shots have the same dosage.
  7. Shots need to be administered three (3) to four (4) weeks apart.
  8. There will be a State registry to track who has had the vaccine (first and second doses).
  9. Known side effects:
    1. Pain at injection site
    2. Some people have experienced a more pronounced malaise for 24 – 28 hours after the shot has been administered.
  10. The State expects the process for Groups 1A and 1B could take up to four (4) to six (6) months to complete, depending on the number of doses available.

While we’re waiting for vaccines to be available to people not in Groups 1A and 1B, please remember:

  1. Only to go out when necessary
  2. Wear a mask
  3. Maintain social distancing
  4. Wash your hands
  5. Be sure to assist the Maple Park restaurants and bars by ordering food and beverages, and increase your safety and theirs by utilizing delivery, curbside pickup or pickup . Remember, no indoor dining.

State of Illinois Vaccination Planning Guide