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COVID-19 Information

Current Phase: Phase 1C

Getting Vaccinated

Loyola Medicine is currently vaccinating patients in phases 1a, 1b and 1c. Vaccine supply is extremely limited at this time. It will take time to vaccinate those who are eligible.

When can I get the vaccine?

Supplies are based upon when the state delivers vaccines to Loyola and other vaccine centers. Eligibility is determined by the prioritization outlined below.

COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Groups (State of Illinois)

revised 4/9/21

Phase Groups recommended for vaccination
1a Health care personnel
Long-term care facility residents
1b Frontline essential workers
Persons ages 65 years and older
Persons with certain high-risk conditions
1c All other essential workers and individuals age 16-64 with underlying medical conditions
2 All people aged 16 years and older not in Phase 1, who are recommended for vaccination

As the vaccine becomes available to more people, we will share the information broadly through various channels. The best way to stay informed and schedule your vaccine as soon as possible is through myLoyola

You can also register with the Cook County Department of Public Health.

You can download step-by-step instructions for scheduling your vaccine appointment through myLoyola.

Am I eligible for the vaccine?

Phase 1a

FRONTLINE HEALTH CARE WORKERS

LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY RESIDENTS AND STAFF

Phase 1b

FRONTLINE ESSENTIAL WORKERS

Including, but not limited to, the following occupations:

  • First responders: Fire, law enforcement, 911 workers, security personnel, school officers
  • Education: Teachers, principals, student support, student aids, day care workers
  • Food and agriculture: Processing, plants, veterinary health, livestock services, animal care
  • Manufacturing: Individual production of goods for distribution to retail, wholesale or other manufacturers
  • Corrections workers and inmates: Jail officers, juvenile facility staff, workers providing in-person support, inmates
  • USPS workers
  • Public transit workers: Flight crew, bus drivers, train conductors, taxi drivers, para-transit drivers, in-person support, ride-sharing services
  • Grocery store workers: Baggers, cashiers, stockers, pickup, customer service
  • Shelters and day care staff: Homeless shelters, women's shelters, adult day/drop-in programs, sheltered workshops, psycho-social rehab

RESIDENTS AGE 65 AND OVER

Phase 1c

Persons aged 16 years and older with underlying health conditions

Essential workers not recommended in phase 1b

Phase 2

ALL PEOPLE AGED 16 YEARS AND OLDER NOT IN PHASE 1, WHO ARE RECOMMENDED FOR VACCINATION

COVID-19: What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines?

What are the Side Effects of the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Paloma Garcia, PharmD, director of inpatient pharmacy at Loyola University Medical Center, discusses the side effects of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. In addition to reviewing the common side effects, Dr. Garcia also covers how to treat them and when to talk to your doctor about side effects.
COVID-19 Video Library →

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new or novel, coronavirus. It is highly contagious. COVID-19 is transmitted person-to-person, with illnesses ranging from mild to severe. Person-to-person spread means being in close contact with an infected person or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. We are learning new information about this virus every day, including what is effective in stopping the spread and potential treatments.