COVID-19 Vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed in Lake County in phases. 

Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to COVID-19 or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.

Getting vaccinated and following the CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.

Lake County
AllVax Portal

How to Register 
for a Vaccine

When can you
get a vaccine?


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Health Department Pauses Use of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine

The Lake County Health Department is pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and as required by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). This was done out of an abundance of caution due to six cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the United States, out of over 6.8 million doses given. There are no known cases in our county. These events appear to be extremely rare, and COVID-19 vaccine safety continues to be a top priority. In the meantime, Lake County providers have been notified to use Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines that are available.

Current Vaccination Phases

Phase 1a: Healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents

The Lake County Health Department and its partners have offered appointments to all healthcare personnel and others eligible in Phase 1a who are registered in AllVax. If you are included in this category, please make sure you are registered so we can notify you when you can schedule your appointment. 

Phase 1b: Adults ages 65 and older and frontline essential workers

Phase 1b began on January 25, 2021 in Lake County. As of March 23, appointments have been offered to all Lake County seniors registered in AllVax. As of March 30, all frontline essential workers registered in AllVax who live or work in Lake County can schedule their appointments through the system. If this applies to you, please check your email (including your spam folder) or login to AllVax to schedule your appointment.

Phase 1b Plus: People age 16-64 with high-risk health conditions and disabilities, other essential workers

Eligibility in Phase 1b Plus includes those age 16-64 with diabetes, obesity, pulmonary diseases, heart conditions, chronic kidney disease, sickle cell disease, cancer, immunocompromised from a solid organ transplant, as well as smokers, those who are pregnant, and persons with a disability. Additional essential workers in this phase include government employees, higher education staff, news media, food and beverage service workers, religious leaders, and those in construction trades and working in businesses supporting building/infrastructure repair. 

Pharmacies in Lake County began vaccinating Phase 1b Plus on February 25, 2021, while the Lake County Health Department and partners continued vaccinating Phase 1b. Several partners opened to Phase 1b Plus the week of March 21, 2021, and the Health Department began opening appointments to this phase on March 30, 2021.

Phase 2: All people ages 16 and older

As of April 12, 2021, all Illinois residents ages 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Please note that eligibility does not mean there will be appointment availability right away. Vaccinating everyone will take time and we appreciate your continued patience. Visit our Find a Vaccine page to learn about the four different ways to register for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Click here for a detailed list of people in each phase. For more information, visit How CDC is Making COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations.

How to Register for a Vaccine

There are four ways Lake County residents can register for a COVID-19 vaccine. Review the options to find the best way for you. 

AllVax Portal

Lake County AllVax Portal

Register to get notified when it's time to make an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccine.
Local Vaccination Sites

Local Vaccination Sites

Several local federal and state-run sites and Lake County community sites are vaccinating eligible residents.
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Illinois Vaccine Locator

Find vaccination locations on a map. Get appointment information by following the listed links. New sites and pharmacies are being added daily. This map is managed by the State of Illinois.
Your Healthcare Provider

Your Healthcare Provider

Providers are reaching out directly to schedule appointments with their existing patients, prioritizing those ages 65 and older. Visit your health system's website for more information.

Lake County AllVax Portal

The Lake County AllVax Portal is open! Please register so we can notify you when it is time to make your appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine. You will only receive an email to schedule when you are eligible and the Health Department has vaccine and appointments available to you.

To access the portal, click the button below or visit


You will also have the option to allow the AllVax system to share your name, date of birth, email address, phone number, and zip code with our COVID-19 vaccination partners. This will give you access to more locations providing vaccines in Lake County as supply increases.

Need help? Email us at for assistance or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information. If you have having difficulty registering online, please call (847) 377-8130. Please note, we are currently experiencing very high call volume. We are working to help as many people as we can to get registered. If you send us an email or leave a voicemail, we will return your call. Thank you for your patience!

Be sure to watch our short videos to learn how to register yourself and others.

Local Vaccination Sites

Because of limited vaccine supply, all sites are by appointment only, and no walk-ins will be accepted. See below for details on eligibility and how to make an appointment

Please note: This list is not comprehensive and providers may be added or removed at any time. The vaccination sites below are not endorsed by the Lake County Health Department; they are listed for your convenience. Please follow the instructions below to schedule an appointment. The Health Department is not monitoring appointment availability or assisting with scheduling appointments at these sites.

The United Center vaccination site is no longer vaccinating residents outside of Chicago and suburban Cook County.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, State of Illinois, Cook County and the City of Chicago announced a renewed focus at the United Center vaccination site. Currently, only Chicagoans and limited Cook County residents who are seniors or who qualify in Phase 1b+ can make appointments at the United Center. The site will honor all appointments that have already been scheduled.

Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC)
3001 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064

Who is eligible: All Veterans, spouses of Veterans, caregivers of Veterans, and recipients of CHAMPVA benefits

How to schedule: Enrolled patients can call (224) 610-3899 to schedule an appointment. Newly eligible Veterans can visit the VA website or present in person to FHCC Registration. 

What you need to know: For more information, visit the FHCC website. Patients with questions before or after their vaccine appointment can call Lovell's COVID Hotline at (224) 610-4636.

Made possible by: Lovell Federal Health Care Center

Oak Street Health Clinic
3210 Grand Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60085

Who is eligible: People ages 65 and older who live within 10 miles of Oak Street Health Clinic

How to schedule: To schedule your appointment, call Warren Township at (847) 244-1101 ext. 501 or Waukegan Township at (847) 244-9242. You will be required to provide your name, address, phone number, and date of birth.

What you need to know: For transportation assistance, please call (847) 244-9242.

Made possible by: Oak Street Health Clinic, Warren Township and Waukegan Township

YWCA Lake County
(located at New Hope Church)
5501 Stearns School Road
Gurnee, IL 60031

Who is eligible: YWCA Lake County clients who are eligible in Phases 1a and 1b

How to schedule: Call (847) 406-5695.

What you need to know: This vaccination clinic is for current YWCA Lake County clients only.

Made possible by: YWCA Lake County, Rosalind Franklin University Health Clinics, and the Lake County Health Department.

When can you get a COVID-19 Vaccine?


Phase 1a Eligibility*

Eligible SettingsOccupation
Hospital Settings
  • Nurses and Nursing Assistants
  • Physicians/Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants
  • Respiratory Technicians
  • Pharmacists
  • Environmental Services Staff
  • Phlebotomist
  • Infectious Waste Workers
  • COVID Sample Lab
  • Organ Harvester
  • Students on Clinical Rotations
  • Dietary staff
  • Clergy/pastoral/chaplains
  • Interpreters
  • Crisis intervention staff
  • Laundry or security staff
  • Reception Staff
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Fire Department Staff acting as EMS
  • Air Medical Transport (Rotor & Fixed Wing)
  • X-Ray Technician
Non-Hospital Healthcare Settings
  • Medical Outpatient
  • Public Health Clinics
  • LHD Points of Distribution (PODs)
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Nurses and Nursing Assistants
  • Physicians/Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants 
  • Respiratory Technicians
  • Dentists and Hygienists
  • Pharmacists
  • Plasma and Blood Donation Staff
  • Morticians
  • Public Health Nurses
  • Home Health
  • School Nurses
  • Optometrist
  • Mental Health Clinicians providing in-person care (not in PreK-12)
  • COVID Testing Staff
  • Dermatologist
  • Dialysis staff
  • Urgent care workers
  • Corrections nurses/aides
  • Medical/flight transport
  • Physical/occupational/speech therapists
  • Vaccine clinic workers
Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Intermediate care facilities for persons w/developmental disability
  • Intermediate care facility for persons w/ severe mental illness
  • State-run veterans’ homes
  • State-Operated Center for the Developmentally Disabled
  • State-Operated Mental Health Centers
  • Residential treatment for substance use
  • All residents of eligible long-term care facility settings
  • Nurses and Nursing Assistants
  • Physicians / MD, NP, PA
  • Respiratory Technicians
  • Dentists and Hygienists
  • Long-Term Care Facility Staff
  • Pharmacists
  • Mental health clinicians
  • Environmental Services Staff
  • Reception Staff
  • Medical Facility Surveyor
  • Dietary staff
  • Interpreters
  • Laundry or security staff
Other Congregate Care Settings
  • Continuing care residential
  • Residential care adult homes
  • Supportive housing for seniors
  • Supportive residential for persons w/ developmental disability
  • Supportive residential for persons w/ severe mental illness
  • Community Integrated Living Arrangement
  • Supervised residential for persons w/ developmental disability
  • Supervised residential for persons w/ severe mental illness
  • All residents of eligible congregate care settings
  • Nurses and Nursing Assistants
  • Physicians / MD, NP, PA
  • Respiratory Technicians
  • Group Home/Residential Staff
  • Pharmacists
  • Environmental Services Staff
  • Reception Staff
  • Home Aide/Caregiver
  • Corrections nurses/assistants
  • Congregate Care Surveyor
  • Hospice/palliative care staff
  • Community health workers when acting as health aid or health translator
Other - Home Health
Those providing "Home Health" or serving as a "Home Aide/Caregiver" for a relative with a disability as defined by the Illinois Department of Human Services on January 21, 2021.

Phase 1b Eligibility*

Eligible IndividualsExamples
People age 65 and older
Frontline Essential Workers, including:
First Responders
  • Fire, law enforcement
  • 911 workers
  • Security personnel
  • School officers
Education (Congregate Child Care, Pre-K through 12th Grade)
  • Teachers
  • Principals
  • Student support
  • Student aids
  • Day care workers (DCFS licensed or DCFS license-exempt group child day care facilities only)
Food and Agriculture
  • Processing
  • Plants
  • Veterinary health
  • Livestock services
  • Animal care
  • Industrial production of goods for distribution to retail, wholesale, or other manufacturers
Corrections Workers and Inmates
  • Prison/jail officers
  • Juvenile facility staff 
  • Workers providing in-person support
  • Inmates
Postal Service Workers
Public Transit Workers
  • Flight crew
  • Bus drivers
  • Train conductors
  • Taxi drivers
  • Para-transit drivers
  • In-person support
  • Ride-sharing services
Grocery Store Workers
  • Baggers
  • Cashiers
  • Stockers
  • Pick-up
  • Customer service
Shelters/Adult Day Care
  • Homeless shelter
  • Women's shelter
  • Adult day/drop-in program
  • Sheltered workshop
  • Psycho-social rehab

*Last updated Feburary 10, 2021. Eligibility criteria is subject to change.

Phase 1b Plus Eligibility*

Eligible CategoriesCriteria
Persons aged 16 to 64 years with high-risk medical conditions:
People ages 16 to 64 years with medical conditions that increase the risk for severe illness from COVID-19
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Pulmonary diseases
  • Smoking
  • Heart conditions
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Cancer
  • Immunocompromised state from a solid organ transplant
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Pregnancy
People with disabilities

The CDC defines people with disabilities who are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 as: 

  • People who have limited mobility or who cannot avoid coming into close contact with others who may be infected, such as direct support providers and family members.
  • People who have trouble understanding information or practicing preventive measures, such as hand washing and social distancing. 
  • People who may not be able to communicate symptoms of illness
As of March 22, 2021, the following priority groups are eligible:
Government Employees
  • Federal
  • State
  • Municipal
Higher Education Staff
  • Junior colleges
  • Four-year colleges and universities
  • Technical schools
  • Trade schools
  • Educational support services
  • Administration of education programs
News Media
  • Newspaper
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Other media services
As of March 29, 2021, the following priority groups are eligible:
Food and Beverage Service Workers
  • Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food (including bars)
  • Entities that provide food services

Religious Leaders

Construction Trades and Businesses Supporting Building and Infrastructure Repair

*Last updated March 20, 2021. Eligibility criteria subject to change.

Additional Resources

COVID-19 Vaccine Myths vs. Facts

Myths about the COVID-19 vaccine spread quickly on places like social media without being true. Misinformation can create doubt and fear which can have deadly consequences during the pandemic. Make sure to check the source of what you’re sharing before you post.

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Avoid COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

Protect yourself. Do not give your personal information to unknown sources. The Lake County Health Department and legitimate vaccine providers will NEVER:

  • Ask for your Social Security, bank account, or credit card number.
  • Ask you to pay out of pocket to get the vaccine.
  • Ask you to pay to put your name on a waiting list or to get early access.
  • Offer to sell or ship doses of vaccines for payment.

The Lake County Health Department is not able to verify if you have been scammed. If you believe you have been the victim of COVID-19 scam, please report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at reportfraud.ftc.govFor more information, visit the FTC website.

COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

Vaccine Information

View more information on vaccine distribution and registration using the links below.  

Vaccination Documents

If you are receiving your COVID-19 vaccine through the Lake County Health Department, you will need to review this information prior to your appointment.