COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION

***RECENT GENERAL UPDATES***

All Illinoisans Age 16 and Older Are Eligible for COVID Vaccines

See information below based on your city residence for guidance on where to go to get a COVID vaccination. 

Updated CDC guidelines state that fully vaccinated individuals:

  • Do not need to wear a mask outdoors for most activities if they occur in uncrowded settings 
  • Do not need to wear a mask indoors for
    • Visits with fully vaccinated individuals
    • Gatherings with only one household that has not been vaccinated as long as no one in that household is at high risk for severe COVID disease
  • Should wear a mask in
    • Outdoor crowded settings such as concerts until wide vaccination levels are achieved
    • Indoor spaces for activities such as attending worship services, visiting restaurants, or going to exercise classes 

Full details can be found here

The State of Illinois Announces “Bridge” Phase to Gradually Reopen Entire State

Illinois is currently in Stage 4, the Phase before the “Bridge” Phase. 

HOW TO MAKE A VACCINE APPOINTMENT 

*** Reminder: The Vaccine is FREE ***

You do not need insurance or immigration documents to receive one

Illinois residents can call the Illinois Department of Public Health Vaccine Appointment Call Center that can be reached at 833-621-1284 to get assistance in scheduling a vaccine. The call center is open 7 days a week 6am to midnight and can take TTY calls. Calls can be taken in English and Spanish, and translation for other languages is available. The Call Center will help individuals navigate registration sites and assist with making an appointment if needed. Individuals must provide the Call Center with their name, address, email (if applicable), cell phone number, date of birth, and eligibility. Individuals will not be asked about financial information or immigration status. 

CHICAGO: 

Starting April 23, all City of Chicago-operated vaccination sites are accepting walk-in vaccine appointments. Although appointments are no longer required, they are still encouraged. 

CDPH and the Chicago Fire Department have developed a program to administer vaccines to seniors in their homes. This mobile vaccination program is available to seniors unable to travel to a vaccination site. To sign up, go to this website. The form can be filled out on behalf of someone.

To sign up for an alert to receive a last-minute COVID vaccine dose to help a vaccine site ensure that no dose is wasted, ask your clinic to be added to its waitlist, sign up for Dr. B (a vaccine standby list) through this website, or check zocdoc.com near the end of the day for last-minute appointment openings. 

Visit the Chicago Zocdoc website to find nearby vaccination locations and appointment availability. Appointments can be booked online, and, if no appointments are available, residents can sign up for notifications for when new appointments do become available. Embedded translation support is available for more than 100 languages, including Spanish. Residents can also call the CHICAGO COVID hotline at 312-746-4835 from 8am to 8pm seven days a week for help signing up for a vaccine appointment.  A list of other options for getting vaccinated (such as reaching out to your healthcare provider) can be found at this website.

Chicago residents age 16 and older are now also eligible for vaccination in Indiana even if they reside in Illinois. Registration can be completed at this website or by calling 866-211-9966.

American Airlines Conference Center at Gallagher Way is now administering vaccinations. Details can be found at this website, and registration can be done through the Zocdoc website or by calling 312.746.4835. Those age 16 or 17 receiving a vaccine must have verbal consent via phone or in person from a parent or legal guardian.

Chicago State University is now offering walk-up and drive-through vaccination appointments. Walk up appointments are for Pfizer vaccines for individuals 16 and older. All individuals under 18 must have a parent or guardian present to sign consent. Walk up appointments can be booked here. Drive through appointments for single dose J&J vaccines can be found here. You must be 18 or older to receive the J&J vaccine. 

The United Center is open 7 days a week for City of Chicago residents age 16 and older. Individuals under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive a vaccine at this site. Walk-ins are welcome. To register ahead of time, visit the Chicago Zocdoc website or call 312-746-4835 from 8am-8pm Monday-Saturday or 8am-4pm on Sunday. The call center is multilingual. Individuals vaccinated at this site will have their second dose appointment scheduled before leaving the site. The United Center is accessible via the CTA Blue Line Illinois Medical District stop, the Green/Pink line Ashland stop, and a number of local bus routes (#20 Madison, #50 Damen, and #9 Ashland). Drive through appointments are also available at this site. Details on the United Center vaccination site can be found here.

Vaccines are also available at Prism Health Lab in Roger's Park at 6301 N Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60659. Walk-in's are welcome and appointments can be made at Prism.Org/HQ. Open Monday through Saturday.

Erie Family Health has COVID-19 vaccine appointments available for anyone 16 or older. You do not need to be a patient to sign up for a vaccine. You can schedule an appointment here or by calling 312-666-3494, Option 5. Details on walk-in opportunities can be found here

Oak Streat Health is providing vaccinations to patients and community members 65+ who live nearby. You can sign up here.

Chicago residents can also sign up on this website for vaccination at the Cook County mass vaccination site in Des Plaines.

SUBURBAN COOK COUNTY:  

Walk-in vaccine appointments are available at all six large-scale Cook County Health vaccination sites. Those younger than 18 years old can only receive the Pfizer vaccine and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Single dose J&J vaccines are available at Tinley Park Community Vaccination Center. 

All suburban residents age 16 and older can register for a vaccine on this website or call the Hotline at 833-308-1988 Monday through Friday 7am-10pm CT and Saturday 8am-10pm. 

Homebound residents can fill out this form online to register for an in-home vaccination or call 833-308-1988 Monday through Friday 7am-10pm and Saturday 8am-10pm to register to receive a vaccine at home. Those who register by phone will receive a call back from Cook County to schedule a dose.

To see if your organization may be eligible for on-site vaccination, fill out this form.

EVANSTON:  

Complete the City’s Vaccination Interest Form here (también disponible en español), and the City will notify you when a vaccine appointment is available. Please complete this form for each member of your household. More information can be found at this website.

All residents now have the option to sign up for vaccination in Cook County through the Cook County Department of Health on this website or by calling 833-308-1988 Monday through Friday 7am-10pm CT and Saturday 8am-10pm.

For home-bound residents 65 years or older: please complete this form so the City can coordinate an in-home vaccination. This form can be filled out on someone’s behalf.

SKOKIE:

To receive a vaccine through a Skokie-run event, residents must sign up through pre-registration here. The Village is currently offering doses to all individuals 18 and older. Details on the registration process and vaccine distribution updates can be found here

If you have already received your vaccination in a location other than a Skokie-run event, please fill out this form to let the Village know you can be removed from the vaccination pre-registration list. 

Skokie residents can now also sign up for a vaccination through the Cook County Department of Health on this website or by calling 833-308-1988 Monday through Friday 7am-10pm CT and Saturday 8am-10pm. 

ALL DISTRICT RESIDENTS:

Your Healthcare Clinic may be giving vaccines and contacting patients directly to schedule appointments. You may also reach out to your healthcare provider about vaccine eligibility and appointment scheduling.

Community Supported Websites here or here may also list vaccine availability. *Please note that these websites may not be up to date. 

Local Private Pharmacies are also assisting with vaccine distribution. Information for making appointments is available below. 

Walgreens You can also call 1-800-925-4733 (choose option 1 for vaccine information) to make an appointment if vaccines are available.

Walmart 833-886-0023; Option 1

CVS 1-800-746-7287

Jewel-Osco 877-723-3929

Mariano’s

Costco: Chicago Pharmacies ONLY at Lincoln Park (773) 360-2052 and Chicago IL Medical District (312) 492-3601 locations

BROADER ILLINOIS STATE RESIDENTS:

Residents can find a vaccination site and links to sign up for the vaccine here or by calling the Illinois Department of Public Health hotline at 833-621-1284.  

OTHER UPDATES

Vaccine Numbers in Perspective: As of April 29, 55% of adults (over 143 million) have received at least one vaccine dose, and over 38% of adults (99 million) are fully vaccinated. Over 82% of those 65+ have received at least one shot, and over 68% of this age category are fully vaccinated. 

As of April 29, over 9.1 million vaccine doses have been administered in Illinois. About 31% of the Illinois population is fully vaccinated.

There are currently over 60,000 places to get a vaccine in the US, and 90% of Americans live within 5 miles of a vaccination location. All people age 16 and older residing in the US are now eligible for vaccination.  

If you receive either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine you MUST receive both vaccines to receive maximum immunity. For both your health and the health of those around you, please do not skip your second vaccination.

The CDC has issued new travel guidance. Fully vaccinated individuals can travel at low-risk to themselves. Full travel updates can be found here. Nevertheless, the CDC is not recommending travel at this time and is asking ALL people regardless of vaccination status to avoid nonessential travel.

A Special Enrollment Period for purchasing health insurance on the Affordable Care Act Exchange has been extended through August 15. If you need health insurance, want to check your eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP, or are considering switching health plans, go to healthcare.gov to enroll by August 15. Due to provisions in the American Rescue Plan, health insurance premiums have been lowered for many individuals for plans purchased on healthcare.gov. 

A grassroots network of organizations and individuals called the COVID-19 Community Corps has been launched by the Department of Health and Human Services to help with vaccine education. Community Corps members include NASCAR, Major League Baseball, American Medical Association, the Chamber of Commerce, the Farm Bureau, NAACP, and The Salvation Army. More information can be found here

Updated Nursing Home Visitation Guidelines were released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and has agreed to allow responsible indoor visitation for all residents if sites meet certain criteria. Nursing homes are still strongly encouraged to require physical distancing during visitations especially if either the resident or visitor has not been vaccinated. Details can be found here.

COVID Passports At this time, the federal government is not planning on creating a national database of COVID vaccine records for the purpose of providing COVID passports. The government is stating that the creation of such a database must be private, secure, free to access, and open source. Nonprofit and private organizations are currently collaborating on developing such a database.  

Vaccine Safety Updates for Specific Diagnoses: Those with HIV are recommended to receive COVID vaccines. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is recommending that pregnant individuals have access to COVID vaccines, and the CDC recommends that pregnant people receive COVID-19 vaccination.

HOW TO TRACK COVID CASE NUMBERS

COVID-19 cases: CDC COVID Tracker is a useful tool for finding national, state, and county level data. Please note: this tracker may lag behind the IDPH website.