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Coronavirus Info Guide: Vaccines


Current situation

As of Monday, April 12, all Illinois residents ages 16 and older are eligible to be vaccinated. Eligibility does not mean appointments are available.


Make an appointment

The best vaccine to get is the first one available to you. If you are age 16 or older, these are your scheduling options:


▶ Vaccine Appointment Call Center / Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

For help scheduling an appointment,

CALL 833-621-1284, daily 6 a.m.–midnight


▶ Pharmacies and other providers

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

CDC vaccination location finder


▶ State of Illinois mass vaccination locations

Schedule your vaccine at one of the sites open to all Illinois residents, regardless of ZIP code:

VISIT, select a location, and follow the on-screen prompts to schedule


▶ Your healthcare provider

Established patients of local healthcare systems will be contacted when there are appointments available. For more information on how patients are being contacted, 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


 AllVax (Lake County Health Department)

If you live or work in Lake County, sign up with the health department's AllVax system to be notified when there are appointments available. A mass vaccination site at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Libertyville is capable of vaccinating 2,500 people, 7 days a week.

REGISTER or update your registration on the county's AllVax portal 

  • step-by-step instructions
  • check the box allowing the Health Department to share your information with other providers. This will give you more chances to be vaccinated.


CALL 847-377-8130, Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–5 p.m.


▶ Lake County Mass Vaccination Site / Round Lake Beach

Opening Tuesday, April 20, at 400 E. Rollins Rd. (the former K-Mart Supercenter), Round Lake Beach. Vaccination is by appointment only. Anyone age 16 and older who lives or works in Lake County is eligible. 

VISIT to schedule

Tip: Keep trying this one; when vaccine supply allows the facility to reach its peak capacity of 5,000 vaccinations per day, this will be the largest vaccination site in Lake County.

▶ Cook County Health Department

If you live or work in Cook County, you will be contacted when there are appointments available.

REGISTER Cook County Health Department website


CALL 833-308-1988, Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m.


At your appointment

Follow the instructions that your provider gives you.


  • Avoid over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers (such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen) before your appointment.
  • Wear a mask at all times. 
  • You will be monitored for 15 minutes on-site after you receive the vaccination.
  • You will receive information stating which COVID-19 vaccine you got, when and where you were vaccinated, and when you should get the second vaccine, when applicable. Do not share your vaccination card on social media.
  • You will 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're given at your appointment.


Current guidelines for fully vaccinated people

Two weeks after you are fully vaccinated, you may:

  • visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • visit, without wearing masks and in a private setting, with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease
  • travel in the United States without being tested and without quarantining
  • travel internationally without being tested and without quarantining, unless required by the destination/origination country

Fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • wear masks, remain at least 6 feet from others, and follow all current safety guidelines
    • in public spaces
    • when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households
    • when visiting with unvaccinated people who are or who live with someone at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
  • avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings
  • get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • follow guidance issued by their employer

VIEW the full CDC guidelines


Vaccine info & safety


View percentages of Illinois and metro Chicago populations vaccinated to date.


Centers for Disease Control

The following information is available in multiple languages

Key things to know

Benefits of getting the vaccine

Get the facts

Answers to frequently asked questions

COVID-19 vaccines and rare severe allergic reactions


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.


Call center hours for seniors

Additional volunteers are available to assist ages 65 and older:

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

CALL 847-377-8130 and select option 1 


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.


Transportation to your appointment

If you have an appointment scheduled but need help getting there, please call 211 to find out about resources in your area.