Note: This page is regularly updated with news from the Lake County Health Department and other reliable sources.
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective:
As more people are vaccinated...
Vaccines are widely available and anyone age 12 and older may walk in or schedule an appointment. Ages 12–17 will receive the Pfizer vaccine and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. U.S. citizenship is not required.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded recommendations for booster shots to include all adults ages 18 years and older who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine at least six months after their second dose.
If you believe you qualify for a booster, contact your healthcare provider for more information.
On Tuesday, November 2, the CDC endorsed the FDA’s authorization for emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 years old. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is saf
Children may experience some side effects. Side effects are normal and a sign that the body is building protection. If you don’t experience side effects, that does not mean that the vaccine is not working. Everyone responds differently. If side effects do occur, they should go away within a few days. More information can be found on the CDC page COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens.
It may take time for some locations to offer vaccines to this new age group and the CDC anticipates more availability in the coming weeks. It is highly recommended to schedule your child’s COVID-19 vaccine appointment ahead of time rather than walking into a location administering vaccinations to children. There is a high demand for this age group. To ensure your child gets vaccinated at a time that is convenient for you, It is recommended that you schedule an appointment at your preferred location.
Take the following steps to get your child vaccinated:
American Academy of Pediatrics
Centers for Disease Control
Illinois Department of Public Health
Lake County Health Department
Get information and answers to your questions (no scheduling).
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Transportation to your appointment
Call 211 to find out about other transportation options in your area.
Vaccinations for higher BMI people
Chicagoland has some of the best healthcare practitioners around, but it always helps to be an informed care recipient: If you have a higher BMI than average, find out why you might want to ask your provider about the size of the needle in the vaccine you get.
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.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has a Vax Verify program that lets residents age 18 and older check and download their COVID-19 immunization records from the state registry. To enroll and for information,