Note: This page is regularly updated to reflect a changing situation.
Illinois is in Phase 1b; some individuals in Phase 1a are still being vaccinated.
There are about 200,000 people in Phase 1b who are registered in Lake County's AllVax system.
Supplies continue to be extremely limited but are increasing. Lake County health officials anticipate more availability by mid March.
As of February 26, more than 114,500 vaccine doses had been administered to Lake County residents, and 28,780 residents (4.11% of the population) had been fully vaccinated. The county was averaging 3,420 doses administered per day on a 7-day rolling average. 36.4% of Lake County seniors ages 65 and older have received at least one dose.
Phases are based on priorities outlined in the CDC's recommendations:
Phase 1a: Healthcare workers, staff and residents of long-term care facilities.
Phase 1b: Ages 65 & older, frontline essential workers such as police, teachers, and grocery store employees.
Phase 1c: This group has not been finalized in Illinois.
When are you eligible to be vaccinated?
Find out when you’ll be eligible: answer four questions, selecting the answers that best fit. (WBEZ Chicago developed this vaccine eligibility tool for Illinois residents.)
Good to know:
County health departments are planning based on the supplies of vaccines that they receive.
If you live or work in...
Lake County: Register on the county's AllVax portal or call 847-377-8130, Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–5 p.m. / Get answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).
Cook County: Register on the Cook County Health Department website or call 833-308-1988, Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m.
Good to know:
The longer you wait to register with the county health department, the later you will be notified to receive your vaccine in your eligible phase.
Registering does not obligate you to be vaccinated, nor does it obligate you to be vaccinated through the health department.
If you work in a county where you do not live, register in both locations and use the first appointment that becomes available to you.
After registration, if you don't see a confirmation email in your inbox, check your spam/junk folder and move the email to your inbox or otherwise indicate that the message is not spam/junk. This will ensure that future AllVax communications are delivered to your inbox.
If you are in Phase 1a or 1b, you may schedule your vaccine one of these ways:
Those who register in the county's portal will receive notification to schedule their appointment when they are eligible and when there are supplies and available time slots.
If you provided an email address when you registered, your notification of eligibility will come from allvax@communications-
Registrants who provided only a phone number will be called; please do not call the Health Department to make an appointment.
If you are not contacted right away, please be patient: approximately 200,000 people in Lake County are in Phase 1b; this phase will take several weeks to months to complete.
Use the CDC vaccination location finder to search by city or ZIP code; this tool shows vaccine availability at each location near you. If you are currently eligible, you may make an appointment.
Officials at local healthcare systems ask that patients not call their doctor or hospital about being vaccinated. Patients will be contacted when eligible and there are supplies. For more information on how patients are being contacted, please visit your provider's website:
The United Center (1901 W. Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60612) opens March 10 as a mass vaccination site available to all Illinois residents. The site is a cooperative effort among FEMA, the U.S. Department of Defense, the State of Illinois, and the City of Chicago. Appointments are required.
If you are age 65 or older, you may book an appointment now:
VISIT Zocdoc.com/vaccine or
CALL 312-746-4835 (multilingual call center), Monday–Saturday, 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Beginning Sunday, March 7, at 4 p.m., appointments open for all Illinois residents in Phase 1B+ (16 and older with disabilities or underlying conditions who aren’t otherwise covered in previous eligibility categories).
If you live or work in Cook County, you will be contacted when you are eligible and there are supplies. Make sure you are registered.
Follow any instructions you're given at your appointment. Tips:
From the Centers for Disease Control (CDC); available in multiple languages:
From the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH); available in Chinese, Hindi, Arabic, Tagalog, and Spanish:
Volunteers are available to provide information and answer questions for Lake County residents age 65 and older during special hours. Volunteers cannot schedule appointments.
CALL 847-377-8130 and select option 1 during these hours: