Vaccine Eligibility

Since there are not enough vac­cines cur­rent­ly avail­able for every­one in the coun­try to get vac­ci­nat­ed, the CDC Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee on Immu­niza­tion Prac­tices (ACIP) and the Illi­nois Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health have laid out a phased approach to vac­ci­na­tion eli­gi­bil­i­ty. DuPage Med­ical Group’s physi­cians and staff are fol­low­ing the ACIP and local health depart­ment rec­om­men­da­tions and phas­es for vac­cine administration.

Eli­gi­bil­i­ty with­in each phase is being deter­mined based on vac­cine sup­ply. We will use MyD­MGHealth to noti­fy patients when the vac­cine is avail­able to them based on a vari­ety of fac­tors includ­ing age, health con­di­tions or occu­pa­tion. While we high­ly rec­om­mend using MyD­MGHealth, if you are not able to get an account, do not wor­ry, you will still have access to the vac­cine. We will com­mu­ni­cate with patients through their pre­ferred com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nel – email, text or phone. 

Due to high patient inter­est in the vac­cine, MyD­MGHealth may be run­ning slow­er than usu­al. We appre­ci­ate your patience as we work to vac­ci­nate our eli­gi­ble patients as quick­ly as pos­si­ble based on vac­cine sup­ply and appoint­ment capacity.

Cur­rent­ly Vaccinating

Phase 1A

  • Health­care Per­son­nel: All paid and unpaid per­sons serv­ing in health­care set­tings who have the poten­tial for direct or indi­rect expo­sure to patients or infec­tious mate­ri­als. This rec­om­men­da­tion per­tains to paid/​unpaid HCP work­ing in a vari­ety of health­care set­tings — for exam­ple, acute care facil­i­ties, long-term acute care facil­i­ties, inpa­tient reha­bil­i­ta­tion facil­i­ties, nurs­ing homes and assist­ed liv­ing facil­i­ties, home health care, mobile clin­ics, phar­ma­cies and out­pa­tient facil­i­ties, such as dial­y­sis cen­ters, physi­cians’ offices, den­tist offices, behav­ioral and men­tal health clinics.
  • Long Term Care Facil­i­ty Residents
  • Skilled nurs­ing facilities
  • Assist­ed liv­ing facilities
  • Oth­er res­i­den­tial care

Phase 1B

  • Front­line Essen­tial Work­ers: The sub­set of essen­tial work­ers like­ly at high­est risk for work-relat­ed expo­sure to SARS-CoV­‑2, the virus that caus­es COVID-19, because their work-relat­ed duties must be per­formed on-site and involve being in close prox­im­i­ty (<6 feet) to the pub­lic or to cowork­ers. ACIP has clas­si­fied the fol­low­ing non – health care essen­tial work­ers as front­line work­ers: first respon­ders (e.g., fire­fight­ers and police offi­cers), cor­rec­tions offi­cers, food and agri­cul­tur­al work­ers, U.S. Postal Ser­vice work­ers, man­u­fac­tur­ing work­ers, gro­cery store work­ers, pub­lic tran­sit work­ers, and those who work in the edu­ca­tion sec­tor (teach­ers and sup­port staff mem­bers) as well as child care workers.
  • Patients age 65 and up

Front­line Essen­tial Work­ers should log in to MyD­MGHealth (MyChart) and nav­i­gate to the Symp­tom Check­er under the main menu, com­plet­ing the COVID-19 vac­cine flow to inform us of your cur­rent occupation. 

If you are age 65 and up, you are eli­gi­ble to receive the COVID-19 Vac­cine as part of Illi­nois’ cur­rent vac­ci­na­tion group, Phase 1B. No fur­ther action is required of you at this time. 

All eli­gi­ble patients in Phase 1B are in line to receive an order for the vac­cine based on their age, health his­to­ry, and/​or infor­ma­tion pro­vid­ed in our Symp­tom Check­er. When it is time for your vac­cine, you will receive a mes­sage in your MyD­MGHealth (MyChart) account or your pre­ferred com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nel to sched­ule your appointment. 

Please note that Phase 1B includes a large num­ber of eli­gi­ble patients. We appre­ci­ate your patience as we work to vac­ci­nate our eli­gi­ble patients as quick­ly as pos­si­ble based on vac­cine sup­ply and appoint­ment capacity.

We will keep this page updat­ed with eli­gi­ble phas­es as direct­ed by the CDC and local health depart­ments. We appre­ci­ate your patience as we safe­ly move from one Phase to the next in Illinois.