Suburban Cook County will move to Phase 1b+ starting Monday, March 22, expanding vaccination eligibility to residents 16 and older with specified health conditions, according to an announcement Wednesday by the Cook County Public Health Department.  

In addition, beginning Monday, all Phase 1b+ Illinois residents, including Evanston residents, will be able to schedule appointments at State-supported Cook County mass vaccination sites in the suburbs such as Des Plaines.  These sites had been closed to residents of municipalities – Evanston and Skokie – which have their own public health departments.  Phase 1b+ eligible residents can schedule appointments at  New appointments will be released on Friday at noon.

Specified health conditions for Phase 1b+ include, cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, diabetes, heart conditions, and immunocompromised from organ transplants, obesity, pulmonary disease and sickle cell diseases as well as individuals with disabilities, pregnant women and smokers.