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Illinois to move to Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccinations on Jan. 25

CHICAGO (WREX) — We now know when the state will start vaccinating people in Phase 1B.

On Friday, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced the state will start vaccinating those in Phase 1B starting on January 25.

Phase 1B will include frontline essential workers and residents age 65 and over. The frontline essential workers designation includes many residents who carry a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure because of their work duties, often because they are unable to work from home, and/or they must work closely to others without being able to socially distance.

This include 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.

The governor says the National Guard-led sites, Walgreens, CVS and Jewel-Osco, with limited vaccine from the feds, will begin vaccinating Phase 1B residents statewide.

In the coming weeks, as supplies increase, the state announce additional pharmacy sites. But pharmacy vaccinations will be via online appointment.

The state will soon launch a website with information about where you can get vaccinated near you.

To view more information on the move to Phase 1B, click here.

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