Illinois’ last smokers now have priority for coronavirus vaccine
Ashlee Rezin Garcia / Sun-Times
Illinois smokers are now among the priority groups eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
As part of the state’s immunization schedule, residents with certain high-risk medical conditions – including smoking – can now be vaccinated, along with the elderly, and medical and essential workers.
The move to phase 1B + came into effect on February 25. The expansion was made in order to “advance the state’s goal of equitable distribution” to communities of color, according to the site Illinois Department of Public Health Web.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, being a “current or former cigarette smoker” puts you at increased risk for serious COVID-19 illness.
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