Vaccinating educators, child care workers
Vaccinations of educators, including teachers and child care workers, could begin as early as the week of February 15.
Local health officials are working directly with administrators in the public school districts and private schools to plan vaccination clinics for their staffs.
Outreach to local licensed daycare centers is expected to start on February 1 to ensure this important group of workers is included in vaccination clinic planning concurrent with the school system.
Officials caution that the supply of vaccine will determine how long it may take to vaccinate Oak Park school teachers and workers in local licensed childcare centers.
Vaccinating essential workers
Vaccinating the men and women who provide essential services to the community is part of the Phase 1b planning and could begin by February 15 as well. These include clerks in grocery stores and pharmacies, transit workers, mail carriers and delivery drivers who live or work here, but aren’t being vaccinated by their employers.
The Oak Park Health Department is working with major employers to identify their eligible workers and arrange targeted vaccination clinics as vaccine supplies allow.
Residents who are essential workers, but not affiliated with Oak Park institutions, and cannot receive a vaccination from their employer will be incorporated into this stage of local planning.