COVID VACCINE INFO UPDATE
NEWEST INFO FOR GROUP 1 B PERSONS:
1.Registration for United Center vaccinations begins ThursdayGov. JB Pritzker’s office today released information on how Illinois residents aged 65 and over can schedule appointments at the United Center mass vaccine site.
Registration begins on Thursday at 8:30 a.m., and you can make an appointment either on Zocdoc.com/vaccine or by calling 312-746-4835. The governor’s office says a limited number of vaccinations will take place on March 9 before the United Center’s full opening the next day. [WBEZ]
After Illinois seniors have been prioritized, people who are eligible in the state’s Phase 1B Plus can make appointments beginning March 7 at 4 p.m. You can learn more info about which phase you’re in by taking a short survey in the link.
As of 2/22/2021: COVID-19 Cases are decreasing in the Chicago area and vaccinations are increasing: 1 in 4 people over 65 y/o and 1 in 8 people over 20 y/o have been vaccinated. There are still MAJOR problems with vaccine supply.
Chicago is currently in Phase 1B:
Phase 1B includes people over 65 years of age and essential frontline workers such as first responders, inmates, food handlers, vet staff, grocery store workers, public transportation workers, flight attendants and teachers).
Illinois moved into a new phase called Phase 1B Plus, which expands eligibility to those at increased risk, however Chicago, along with several suburbs and health care systems, opted to NOT enter the expanded phase, citing limitations with supply.
At increased risk:
Might be at increased risk:
Getting a vaccine is still still difficult.
We have applied to become a COVID vaccine provider site, but we have NOT been confirmed yet and don't know WHEN we will be approved. We do NOT have any vaccine yet.
LATEST LINK: https://physiciansimmediatecare.com/covid-19-vaccine/ (try using this link at 12:01 AM daily to try to secure a spot if you are in group 1 B).
As stated above, we do NOT have vaccine yet. Commercial pharmacies such as Walgreens, CVS and Osco may have vaccine. The City will be opening up vaccination sites at hospitals, city colleges
and with LARGE employers. CPS Teachers have their own vaccination sites opening up 2/15/2021
(many of my teacher patients have received vaccine)
Chicago’s COVID-19 vaccine website: www.chicago.gov/covidvax This website is for health care providers as well as the general public. It will be updated frequently as new information about COVID19 vaccines becomes available. https://www.zocdoc.com/vaccine is the NEWEST LINK to find vaccine availability for 1 B persons currently.
COOK COUNTY ALSO HAS A SIGNUP (this is a reasonable sign up if you are group 1C or group 2)
THE ILLINOIS WEBSITE TO FIND VACCINATION LOCATIONS AND LINKS TO SCHEDULE APPTS IS
THERE ARE STILL EXTREMELY LIMITED VACCINE DOSES AVAILABLE.
If you have EVER had treatment at Rush Hospital, they have announced vaccination for their phase 1b patients: https://www.rush.edu/patients-visitors/covid-19-resources/covid-19-vaccines
Northwestern is also contacting their patients to let them know they would receive a message via email or MyChart when the vaccine is available
A handful of my patients have received vaccines at Walgreens, Osco, Innovative Care Express, Physicians Immediate Care, Oak Street Health, University of Illinois and Howard Brown Health Center . These have been older patients and other 1b people such as flight attendants
If you have been a patient of the AMITA Health Care Network (HMO's etc), then you may be offered the vaccine at SOME point from AMITA: https://www.amitahealth.org/covid-19/.
new info 2/15/2021, YOU MAY RECEIVE THIS TEXT: AMITA Health is eager to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to you. Illinois has moved to Phase 1B of the vaccine roll-out plan that will focus on residents aged 65 and older & frontline essential workers. COVID-19 vaccine supply is very limited at this time. In accordance with public health guidelines AMITA Health will be contacting you directly when it’s your turn via InQuicker -- our online scheduling partner-- with instructions on how to book your appointment. Please check back regularly for vaccine updates AMITAhealth.org/vaccine. To stop receiving messages, reply ‘STOP’.
THESE are the latest vaccine plans for certain patients who have been treated at AMITA:
While we are working diligently to expand vaccination opportunities across our health system, it is important to note the quantity of vaccine we receive is determined by the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Health. To meet the overwhelming demand for vaccines, we have confirmed six core hospital-based mass vaccination sites and three AMITA Health Medical Group (AHMG) mass vaccination clinics:
Additionally, AMITA Health Medical Group will be supporting the health system’s vaccination efforts with practice based vaccine clinics at:
WE HAVE NO OTHER INFORMATION AT THIS TIME REGARDING COVID VACCINES. . PLEASE DO NOT CALL OUR OFFICE TO INQUIRE ABOUT COVID VACCINES AT THIS TIME. THANKS!!!!
DR FRENCH IS A PRIVATE PHYSICIAN, HOWEVER SOME OF HIS ACCEPTED INSURANCE PLANS ARE CONTRACTED THROUGH Amita Health Clinically Integrated Plan (AH CIN).
The site number for HMO IL, Blue Advantage HMO, and Blue Precision HMO is site #494-AMITA ST JOE CHI and the site number for Blue Cross Medicare Advantage HMO is #741-AMITA ST JOE CHI.
Humana HMO (site#694) is also coordinated by AH CIN.
CALL 888-747-2264 TO SELECT DR. FRENCH AS YOUR PCP FOR HMO IL,
BLUE ADVANTAGE HMO, BLUE PRECISION HMO , HUMANA HMO,
AND BLUE CROSS MEDICARE ADVANTAGE HMO
MARKETPLACE HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS 2021
WE TAKE: Blue Choice Preferred PPO, Blue Precision HMO (site #494 AMITA ST JOE CHI); French MUST be your PCP); Cigna Connect AND Bright (FRENCH must be your PCP)
WE DO NOT TAKE Ambetter from Illinicare; Blue Care Direct; Blue Focus Care
MAINSTREAM HEALTHCARE PLANS
ACCEPTED: Blue Choice PPO (BCS); Blue Cross PPO; Aetna, United, UMR, Meritain, Humana, Cigna, PHCS, Smart Health (Amita PPO), Medicare, Blue Cross Medicare Advantage and Humana Medicare; Blue Cross Community and Meridian are THE ONLY Medicaid plans that are accepted.
Traditional Medicaid may be your secondary IF your have Medicare as Primary Plan.
NOT ACCEPTED: Cigna Local Plus, Cigna Plus, AARP Medicare Complete, County Care, Illinicare
WE HAVE DIAGNOSED OVER 170 PATIENTS IN OUR PRACTICE WITH COVID-19 ILLNESS SINCE MARCH 2020. AVOID DISCRETIONARY TRAVEL AND IN-PERSON GATHERINGS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. WEAR MASKS!!!
WE ARE SCHEDULING IN-PERSON VISITS, BUT WE MUST SPACE THEM APART AND CLEAN OUR EXAM ROOMS BETWEEN EACH VISIT; WE REQUIRE THAT ALL PATIENTS WEAR A FACE COVERING IF ENTERING OUR OFFICE; WE ARE SCHEDULING TELEMEDICINE VISITS VIA FACETIME, SKYPE. OR ZOOM ONLY IF NECESSARY AS THESE PLATFORMS HAVE SEVERAL LIMITATIONS. YOU MAY E-MAIL DR FRENCH TO REQUEST A TELEMED VISIT OR RX REFILLS: email@example.com
STAY SHELTERED IN PLACE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE/PHYSICALLY DISTANCE AND WEAR A FACE COVERING IN PUBLIC PLACES/ WASH HANDS OFTEN/WIPE DOWN SURFACES/DON'T TOUCH YOUR FACE IF YOU HAVE COVID-RELATED SYMPTOMS LIKE FEVER OVER 100, COUGH, SHORTNESS OF BREATH, SORE THROAT, CHANGES IN TASTE OR SMELL, CALL THE OFFICE TO BE TRIAGED.
I WISH ALL MY PATIENTS AND STAFF GOOD HEALTH DURING THIS PANDEMIC!!!
Neel French, M.D.
Annual Physicals/Wellness Exams
Full Laboratory Testing
Preventive Health Care
HIV and Hepatitis C management
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