Homebound vaccinations: Homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities or mobility issues may now call the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center to be added to the homebound vaccination list! LCHD teams are beginning vaccinations for homebound residents this week. To add yourself or a senior in your life to the list, contact the AllVax support center at 847.377.8130.
Vaccinations for veterans, veterans' spouses and caregivers: Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago has expanded vaccinations to include spouses and caregivers (paid, unpaid, and occasional helpers), along with other groups, in line with the federal Save Lives Act. Call 224.610.3747. Learn more.
- Patty Turner Center (Deerfield): AllVax - primary scheduling; Doctors Test Centers - additional availability
- Opening Soon - Round Lake Beach: Schedule with Curative (NOTE: if searching via zip code, please note that Curative also books COVID-19 testing through their website; please check to confirm that you are booking a vaccination appointment before confirmation.)
- Waukegan COVID-19 Test & Vaccination Site: AllVax
- 833-621-1284 (available daily to eligible Illinoisans; TTY accessible)
January 13, 2021 Town Hall: Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart and Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center Executive Director Mark Pfister hosted a virtual town hall about the COVID-19 vaccine. At the meeting, Chair Hart, Director Pfister, and LCHD Director of Medical Epidemiology Dr. Sana Ahmed shared information about the County's vaccination plan. Click here to view the recording.
LCHD will also communicate information via its weekly COVID-19 e-newsletter. Sign up to receive these updates from LCHD here.
What is the Lake County AllVax Portal? Who can I register, and what information will I need to provide?
The AllVax Portal will be used to collect residents' contact information so that the Lake County Health Department may contact them when a COVID-19 vaccine is available to them. Registering with the AllVax Portal is secure.
Upon registration, you will be prompted to provide your contact information including address, phone number, and email address. As part of the registration process, you will be prompted to review the list of underlying medical conditions from the CDC that indicate an increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, and to check any that apply. Click here to view the CDC's list of underlying risk factors.
You may register your entire household via the AllVax Portal. As you add a registration, you will be prompted to identify your relationship with the individual. You will be able to assign each registrant their own contact information, even if they are part of your household.
When will I receive a COVID-19 vaccine?
At first, the supply of vaccines will be limited, so the Illinois Department of Public Health has recommended a phased approach to COVID-19 vaccination. Although this means that critical populations will be prioritized for vaccination, IDPH expects that vaccine supply could increase quickly, so it is important for the general population to register with the AllVax Portal, even if you are not a member of a critical population.
Illinois is currently vaccinating individuals in Phase 1a (frontline healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents and staff.) Limited vaccinations for individuals eligible in Phase 1b (frontline essential workers and individuals age 65+). On February 10, 2021, Governor Pritzker announced the expansion of Phase 1B eligibility effective 2/25/21. In light of a steadily increasing federal vaccine supply, Illinois is making plans to expand Phase 1B eligibility on February 25 to people who have comorbidities and underlying conditions as defined by the CDC. In addition, Illinois will also prioritize individuals with disabilities. Please note: demand for the vaccine continues to exceed supply, and vaccination appointments remain limited. Learn more.
Learn more about vaccination from IDPH here.
How can I avoid COVID-19 vaccine scams?
- Do not buy any kind of COVID-19 vaccine or treatment on the internet or from an online pharmacy. Vaccines will be free and are currently only available from hospitals or health departments.
- Ignore online, phone, and text offers for the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Hang up on any calls, including robocalls, which direct you to take immediate action or provide personally-identifiable information, such as your Social Security number or bank account number.
- Report solicitations from telemarketers, text messages, and social media platforms, as well as door-to-door visits to the Illinois Attorney General’s office.
- Delete emails and texts that promise or offer access to COVID-19 treatments and do not click on any links contained in such emails as they may place malware on your devices.
What are the different vaccination phases?
The Lake County Health Department is prioritizing vaccine delivery based on the guidance of the Illinois Department of Public Health and the CDC. IDPH has begun vaccinating individuals who are eligible as part of Phase 1A. Phase 1A includes frontline healthcare workers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. IDPH has also published eligibility information for Phase 1B, which is slated to begin limited vaccine distribution later this month. Phase 1B will include more frontline essential workers and residents age 65+. IDPH is expected to publish eligibility information for Phase 1C and Phase 2 shortly. Click here to learn more about the IDPH vaccination phases.
Are the vaccines safe? What's the science behind them?
The two vaccines that have received authorization from the FDA have been thoroughly reviewed by independent evaluators for safety and efficacy. Although the vaccine development process might seem fast, safety protocols were followed. This video from NorthShore University HealthSystem, and this article from the CDC explain more about how the two vaccines work.
Can people who work in Lake County register with the AllVax Portal?
Anyone who lives or works in Illinois can register at allvax.lakecohealth.org.
After my vaccination, do I still need to wear a mask?
The CDC has issued guidance for those who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after the second dose, if a two-dose regimen; two weeks after vaccination with the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine).
If you're fully vaccinated, you should continue to:
- Take precautions to protect yourself and others in public settings, while gathering with individuals from more than one household, or visiting a high-risk, unvaccinated individual. Wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and avoid crowded or poorly ventilated spaces.
- Avoid unnecessary domestic or international travel.
- Avoid medium or large gatherings.
- Follow all workplace guidance.
- Remain alert for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you know you've been exposed to a confirmed case.
- Follow all public safety guidance, such as wearing a mask while shopping, getting your hair cut, or working out at a gym.
Fully vaccinated individuals may also gather indoors with other fully-vaccinated people without masks. According to the CDC, you may also gather indoors with unvaccinated individuals from a single household, unless any of the unvaccinated people are at high-risk for COVID-19 or live with someone who is high-risk.
Why has my friend, neighbor, or coworker received a vaccination? I don't think they belong to a 1A or 1B group.
I'm part of an eligible priority group, but I can't find a facility with an available appointment. What should I do?
- If you are a patient of NorthShore University HealthSystem, please be sure that you are registered with NorthShore Connect. NorthShore is preparing to vaccinate eligible NorthShore patients and will contact you directly via email.
- If you are a patient of a different hospital system, contact your primary care physician to learn about the vaccination process through your hospital system or medical group.
- Questions for the Lake County Health Department may be directed to 847.377.8130. LCHD is currently experiencing extremely high call volume. Please consider reaching out via email instead of phone to AllVax@lakecountyil.gov.
If I've recovered from COVID-19, should I still be vaccinated?
How are public health officials tracking post-vaccination safety?
I live out of state. How can I register my parents for the COVID-19 vaccine in IL?
There are several ways to register for the vaccine:
- If your parent is a NorthShore University HealthSystem patient, they will be notified through NorthShore Connect when it is time to schedule an appointment. Follow these steps to make sure their account is set up to receive notifications.
- Right now, NorthShore is only scheduling vaccinations for its current patients. If your parent is not a NorthShore University HealthSystem patient, NorthShore is collecting contact information for those who would like to be vaccinated once the vaccination program expands. Click here to register to be notified by NorthShore when you can schedule an appointment.
- Register with the Lake County Health Department at the AllVax Portal. When it is time to schedule an appointment, the Lake County Health Department will contact you at the email address provided. Visit allvax.lakecohealth.org to register.
- Check for appointments with local pharmacies as they become available:
How can I receive general updates from the Lake County Health Department?
Visit the Health Department’s Coronavirus web page, www.lakecountyil.gov/coronavirus, for updates, testing information, community guidance and resources, answers to frequently asked questions, and to sign up for the Health Department’s weekly COVID-19 newsletter. General questions can be sent via email to COVID19@lakecountyil.gov.