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Coronavirus Info Guide: Vaccines


Current situation

  • Illinois is now in Phase 5 / Restored, lifting capacity limitations and restrictions for businesses, schools, and recreation. But keep your mask handy; you may still be required to wear one.
  • COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States have declined significantly; the drop is widely attributed to more people getting vaccinated.
  • The highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 is on the rise in the U.S. and may be associated with more severe disease and a higher risk of hospitalization. But researchers say that vaccines protect people against this variant. Be sure to get both doses of 2-dose vaccines. Read more.

Vaccine basics

  • Anyone age 12 and older may walk in or schedule an appointment now.
  • U.S. citizenship is not required to be vaccinated.
  • Vaccines are free.
  • The best vaccine to get is the first one available to you.

Walk in

Illinois residents ages 12 and older and residents of other states who work in Lake County, Illinois, may get vaccinated without an appointment. Ages 12–17 will receive the Pfizer vaccine and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Vaccine supply at each site may change; all three vaccines authorized in the United States are safe and effective.


▶ Former K-Mart Supercenter, 400 E. Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach

Tuesdays–Sundays, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. 


▶ Regional Vaccination Site, 102 W. Water St., Waukegan

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


Make an appointment

If walk-in hours don't suit your schedule or you'd prefer an appointment, schedule your vaccine using one of these options. For help, call the Illinois Department of Public Health, 833-621-1284, daily 6 a.m.–midnight.


▶ AllVax / at various sites in Lake County

To schedule your vaccine at a time that's convenient for you, log into your AllVax account or register in AllVax now. This option is available to anyone age 12 and up.



▶ Lake County mass vaccination site / Round Lake Beach

Located at 400 E. Rollins Rd. (the former K-Mart Supercenter), Round Lake Beach, this will be the largest vaccination site in Lake County once it is fully supplied. Open Tuesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.



CALL 888-702-9042


▶ Pharmacies and other providers

Search by city or ZIP code to view vaccine availability near you:



▶ Your healthcare provider

For information on vaccination options, visit your provider's website.

Advocate Healthcare


Lovell Federal Health Care Center: will vaccinate all veterans, their spouses, and caregivers

NorthShore University Health System

Northwest Community Healthcare

Northwestern Medicine

Rosalind Franklin University Health Clinics

Vista Health System

Vaccine info & safety


American Academy of Pediatrics

COVID-19 vaccine for ages 12–15


Centers for Disease Control

The following information is available in multiple languages

Get the facts

Key things to know

Benefits of getting the vaccine

Answers to frequently asked questions

What older adults need to know about COVID-19 vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines and rare severe allergic reactions


Debunking a myth

Magnets actually won't stick to your arm after you're vaccinated; get the straight story, from Forbes (May 18, 2021).


Illinois Department of Public Health

Answers to frequently asked questions

available in Chinese, Hindi, Arabic, Tagalog, and Spanish


Lake County Health Department

Get information and answers to your questions (no scheduling).



CALL 847-377-8130

Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.


Transportation to your appointment

New! — Uber and Lyft are offering free rides to and from vaccination sites until July 4.

Call 211 to find out about other transportation options in your area. 


Vaccinations for the homebound

If you or a household member are physically unable to leave home to be vaccinated, please contact the Lake County Health Department support team at 847-377-8130 for help.


At your vaccination

You will

  • be required to wear a mask at all times
  • be monitored for 15 minutes after you receive the vaccination.
  • receive a vaccination card stating which COVID-19 vaccine you got, when and where you were vaccinated. Do not share your vaccination card on social media.
  • receive a fact sheet (paper or electronic) that tells you more about the COVID-19 vaccine you got. 


After you're vaccinated

  • Follow any instructions you were given at your appointment.
  • If you receive the 2-dose vaccine, make sure you get both doses; your provider will give you scheduling information.
  • It takes 2 weeks for your body to build immunity to COVID-19 after you receive the 1-dose vaccine or the second of a 2-dose vaccine.
  • What to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine, from the CDC.
  • COVID-19 vaccines and rare severe allergic reactions, from the CDC.
  • Use V-safe: this smartphone-based tool from the CDC uses text messaging and brief surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Current guidelines for fully vaccinated people

Illinois is no longer requiring fully vaccinated people to wear face masks in most situations, following new CDC guidance. In Chicago, officials advises people to wear masks indoors, but they are no longer required.

Fully vaccinated people should continue to...

1.) Carry a mask with you so that you are able to comply with the posted public health guidelines wherever you are going. You will be required to wear a mask and social distance:

  • wherever required by federal, state, local authorities, your employer, or the business (store, theater, salon, gym, etc.) you are visiting; signs will be posted to remind you a mask is required
  • on public transit and in transit facilities
  • in healthcare settings 
  • in congregate settings 
  • in schools and daycare settings 

2.) Get tested if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms; the efficacy rate of the vaccines is extremely high, but a fully vaccinated person may still become sick.

3.) Follow all guidance issued by your employer.

4.) Wear a mask if you are immuno-compromised.


Learn more

CDC guidelines, last updated May 16, 2021

Confused by the latest CDC mask guidelines? Here's what we've learned, May 14, 2021, NPR Q&A with health authorities from across the nation

Following CDC guidelines, Gov. J.B. Pritzker says those who are fully vaccinated can drop masks in most situations, but Chicago maintaining status quo for now, May 17, 2021, Chicago Tribune

Fully vaccinated Chicagoans are now encouraged — but not required — to wear masks, May 18, 2021, WBEZ


Vaccine data

View vaccination numbers/percentages for:

Lake County


United States

the globe