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Scott County: Who's in Phase 1A and 1B of vaccination plans

COVID-19 vaccines are slowly but surely being distributed to frontline healthcare workers across the Quad Cities area as officials urge patience for everyone else.

The coronavirus vaccines are slowly but surely being distributed to front line healthcare workers across the area. Health officials are urging patience as everyone else waits for it.

Deputy Director of the Scott County Health Department Amy Thoreson joined us live Friday morning, January 8th. She says there's still no word when the general population will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Iowa Vaccination Rollout

Thoreson says Iowa's in Phase 1A of their vaccine rollout. That includes healthcare workers but also people in long-term care facilities. 

Leaders at the federal level say Phase 1B should include people aged 75 and older, plus essential workers. State leaders have not confirmed who will be in that group though.

"In Iowa, we're still waiting for some guidance which we expect in the next week or so from the Infectious Disease Advisory Council because they are looking at those recommendations and trying to decide who and what should happen with that" Thoreson said Friday. 

No word when Iowa will be able to move onto Phase 1B though. 

Illinois Vaccination Rollout

Phase 1A involves healthcare personnel and residents of long term care facilities, much like Iowa. 

Phase 1B will be all Illinois residents 65 years and older along with other essential workers.

Rock Island County Health Department Chief Operating Officer Janet Hill joined us live to discuss more of Illinois' plans Thursday, January 14th in between 6 and 6:30 a.m.