Vaccine Provider Instructions

Guiding Principles for Providers

In order to promote a fair process for vaccine administration while vaccine supply is limited, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is requiring all providers to help ensure that vaccine recipients self-verify their eligibility for the applicable prioritization group. Self-verification ensures the recipient truthfully indicates (verbally or otherwise) their specific category of eligibility to receive the vaccine.

Providers, as a best practice, will also request documentation or proof, such as personal identification, employee verification, or documentation of a qualifying health condition or disability to confirm the individual is in the priority population being served.

COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Plan

The COVID-19 vaccine is a critical tool to safely reach the other side of this pandemic. Through efficient and effective distribution of the vaccine, we can suppress the spread of the virus, save as many lives as possible, and rebuild our economy. Illinois will only distribute a vaccine that is deemed safe. As we move through phases of vaccine distribution, the administration will ensure it reaches Illinoisans as quickly as possible using an equity-centric approach as we have done throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As we move forward, it is critical that Illinoisans continue to follow public health recommendations to suppress the spread of the virus until vaccines are ready for widespread distribution.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Quarantine Guidance

On December 2, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new options for public health authorities to consider for establishing quarantine time frames for contacts of persons with SARS-CoV-2. Click here to review the full details on these new options.

The CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 14 days. Further, local public health authorities determine and establish quarantine options for their jurisdictions and may decide to continue using a 14-day period and/or shortened options for certain lower risk close contacts. However, the following options to shorten quarantine are acceptable alternatives:

Violence Prevention and Support Resources

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Mental health and crisis support

Illinois Call4Calm Text Line (24/7)

If you or a loved one are struggling with stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic and need emotional support, text TALK to 552020 for English or HABLAR for Spanish (Message and Data Rates May Apply. See Terms and Conditions of Use). People seeking assistance remain anonymous and provide only their first name and ZIP code, which enables the service to link them to a counselor in the area who is knowledgeable about available local resources.

Interim Guidance on Antigen Testing for COVID-19 in Long-Term Care

This interim guidance addresses the use of COVID-19 antigen testing in long-term care (LTC) facilities and is aligned with guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use authorization to antigen point-of-care (POC) testing systems to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 viral protein.

Modifications for Other Long-Term Care Facilities and Programs

All categories of long-term care facilities covered by this guidance document should follow the recommendations provided, with modifications for specific categories of facilities and programs as provided below.

Assisted living facilities and other similar arrangements

For Assisted Living Facilities (ALF), Shared Housing Establishments (SHE), Sheltered Care Facilities, and Supportive Living Facilities (SLF), the following modifications are recommended:

Visitation

In CMS Phases 1 and 2, the general visitation rules apply to visitation at these facilities. In CMS Phase 3, facilities should follow these modifications:

Personal Protective EquipmentPE Guidance for COVID-19 in Long- Term Care Settings

Recommended Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities

None to Minimum Community Transmission of COVID-19 (Less than 5% Test Positivity)

Resident Categories of Care
PPE to be worn for the care of the resident in: Resident NOT in TBP for any reason. NO potentially AGP being done Resident NOT in TBP for any reason but, DOES have potentially AGP such as CPAP/BIPAP, Nebulizers Resident in TBP for pathogen other than COVID and DOES have potentially AGP such as CPAP/BIPAP, Nebulizers Resident in TBP for suspected or confirmed COVID-19
All routine care and potentially AGP such as CPAP/BIPAP, Nebulizers

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