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Coronavirus Info Guide: Vaccines

Note: This page is regularly updated to reflect a changing situation. 

Current 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.

Who is in each phase?

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.

Lake County's plan

Cook County's plan

Register to be vaccinated

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.

Make an appointment

If you are in Phase 1a or 1b, you may schedule your vaccine one of these ways:

▶ Option 1: AllVax / Lake County Health Department 

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 Follow the instructions you're given to make an appointment. (Check your email's spam/junk folder to make sure the AllVax messages weren't misdirected.)

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.

▶ Option 2: Pharmacy

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.

▶ Option 3: Your healthcare provider

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:

Advocate Healthcare


NorthShore University Health System

Northwest Community Healthcare

Northwestern Medicine

Veterans / Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center

Vista Health System

▶ Option 4: United Center, Chicago (FEMA)

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: 


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). 

▶ Option 5: Cook County Health Department

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.

At your appointment

  • Follow the instructions your provider gave you when you made the appointment. Tips:
  • Avoid over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers (such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen) before your appointment. Taking OTC pain relievers after your appointment is fine.
  • Wear short sleeves. A long-sleeved top layer, such as a jacket or sweater, is fine.
  • Wear a mask at all times.
  • Remain at least 6 feet from others. At some sites, you will remain in your car.
  • Healthcare worker/s at every site wear PPE (personal protective equipment).
  • You will receive printed information indicating which COVID-19 vaccine you got, when and where you were vaccinated, and when you should get the second vaccine. Note: Officials advise that you not share your vaccination card on social media.
  • You will receive a fact sheet (paper or electronic) that tells you more about the specific COVID-19 vaccine you got. Each COVID-19 vaccine has its own fact sheet that contains information to help you understand the risks and benefits of that specific vaccine. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and rare severe allergic reactions from the CDC.
  • You may be monitored on-site after you receive the vaccination.

After you're vaccinated

Follow any instructions you're given at your appointment. Tips:


When can you get a COVID-19 vaccine?


Vaccine info & safety

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:


Call center for seniors

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:

  • Tuesdays: 12–3 p.m. 
  • Thursdays:  6–8 p.m. 
  • Fridays: 12–3 p.m.