People In Jails, Prisons Will Be Vaccinated In Next Phase

People incarcerated in Illinois will be among those vaccinated against coronavirus during the next phase, according to a newly released state plan.

People incarcerated in jails and prisons will be prioritized for vaccines along with people who are 65 and older, certain essential workers and people experiencing homelessness or residing in shelters.

They’ll all be given access to vaccines during the next phase, know as Phase 1B.

But it will be several weeks, if not months, before Phase 1B of vaccinations start. The state is currently focused on vaccinating health care workers and people living and working in long-term care facilities, like nursing homes.

People detained in Cook County Jail awaiting trial will be among those vaccinated during Phase 1B.

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