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

When can you
get a vaccine?

Additional information

Current Vaccination Phase

Phase 1a: Healthcare personnel and Long-Term Care Facility Residents

Currently, vaccine supply is limited. Following guidelines from the CDC, only people who are eligible in Phase 1a, healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents, can receive their vaccine at this time. 

  • Healthcare personnel are defined as paid and unpaid people serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. 
  • Long-term care facility residents are defined as adults who reside in facilities that provide a variety of services, including medical and personal care, to persons who are unable to live independently.
The Lake County Health Department is providing vaccines as they become available to healthcare workers who are not affiliated with a hospital system. If this applies to you, please make sure you are registered in the AllVax system so we can notify you when you can schedule your appointment. 

Vaccinations at long-term care facilities in Lake County began on December 28, 2020. These are vaccinations are being done by Walgreens and CVS through a federal program.

For more information, visit How CDC is Making COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations.

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 AllVax.lakecohealth.org.

Vaccination

Need help? Email us at AllVax@lakecountyil.gov 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.

When can you get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Phase 1a Eligibility*

Eligible SettingsOccupation
Hospital Settings
Hospital
  • 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

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
Food and Agriculture
  • Processing
  • Plants
  • Veterinary health
  • Livestock services
  • Animal care
Manufacturing
  • 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
United States 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 January 21, 2021. Eligibility criteria is subject to change.

Learn More

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

Additional Resources

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.