On May 6, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced the entire state will move into the Bridge Phase of the Restore Illinois reopening plan beginning Friday, May 14. The Bridge Phase will allow for expanded capacity limits for businesses and gatherings before the state moves to a full reopening in Phase 5.
Barring any significant reversals in key COVID-19 statewide indicators, Illinois could enter Phase 5 as soon as Friday, June 11.
Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike also announced an expansion of the COVID-19 vaccine administration plan to include private doctors' offices and small medical providers, which can now begin to order and administer COVID-19 vaccine directly to patients.
Currently, 1,054 doctors' offices across the state have already registered to administer the COVID-19 vaccine on site, offering their patients a familiar, trusted environment to receive the shot. To begin providing the vaccine, doctors must register with the Illinois Comprehensive Automated Immunization Registry Exchange, or I-CARE, to coordinate the ordering of doses.
IDPH is coordinating vaccination clinics with religious groups, community organizations, mutual aid programs, neighborhood associations, and other organizations. To host a clinic, sign-up at www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccinationclinics.
To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and find information on other vaccine locations, go to coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/vaccination-location .