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?

Additional
Resources

Information for
Healthcare Providers

Information for
Employers

Current Vaccination Phases

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

Currently, vaccine supply is limited. The Lake County Health Department continues to vaccinate Phase 1a, healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents by appointment only. 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. 

Phase 1b: Adults Ages 65 and Older and Frontline Essential Workers

Some local hospitals, healthcare providers, pharmacies, and other partners began giving vaccines on a limited basis to Phase 1b, adults ages 65 and older and frontline essential workers, on January 25. This phase will continue for several months. A map of local providers is available on the State of Illinois website.

The Lake County Health Department is offering appointments to seniors ages 65 and older at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Please make sure you are registered in the AllVax system so we can notify you when you can schedule your appointment. 

Until vaccine supply increases, Lake County will not be expanding to the "Phase 1b plus" group announced by the Governor, which includes people ages 16–64 with co-morbidities, high risk health conditions, and disabilities. Per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for transitioning between phases, we will look to move in to the "Phase 1b plus" group when 60-70% of persons within the current phase are vaccinated or when supply of vaccines exceeds demand in the current phase. However, pharmacies and other entities that receive vaccines directly from the state or federal government are free to follow the Illinois expansion that begins February 25, 2021.

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.
Community Vaccination Sites

Community Vaccination Sites

Several community sites in Lake County are available to provide vaccinations to 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 AllVax.lakecohealth.org.

Vaccination

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 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.

Community Vaccination Sites

Several community vaccination sites are planned to open in the coming weeks. 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.

Greenbelt Cultural Center
1215 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064

Who is eligible: People ages 65 and older who live in North Chicago or Waukegan 

How to schedule: Contact North Chicago Community Partners to schedule a time. Email vaccine@northchicagocommunitypartners.org with your full name, birthday, email address and phone number. You can also call (847) 582-1362 for assistance.

What you need to know: Arrive no more than 5 minutes before your scheduled time. Wear a short-sleeved shirt and a mask to your appointment. For transportation assistance, contact Pace's Dial-A-Ride service: 1-800-201-6446.

Made possible by: Abbvie, North Chicago Community Partners, City of North Chicago, Greenbelt Cultural Center, and the Lake County Health Department.

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: Call (847) 244-9242 to schedule your appointment. 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 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*

At Lake County Health Department clinics, you will be asked to provide proof of your eligibility as a healthcare worker.

Please bring one of the following:

  • An employee ID badge
  • Paycheck stub
  • Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) letter
  • Professional license or certificate 

If you registered as a Long-Term Care Facility resident or staff, please bring your facility ID. 

If you do not bring verification with you to the clinic, you will not be provided the vaccine.

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
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*


At Lake County Health Department clinics, you will be asked to provide proof of your eligibility. 

If you are eligible due to your age, please bring a photo ID to confirm your date of birth.

If you registered as a frontline essential worker, you will be asked to verify your employment. Please bring one of the following:

  • An employee ID badge
  • A letter from your employer
  • Paycheck stub

If you registered as a day care worker, please bring:

  • DCFS license letter OR DCFS license-exempt letter; AND
  • Proof of employment from an eligible facility.

If you do not bring verification with you to the clinic, you will not be provided the vaccine.


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
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
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.

Additional Resources

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. 

Information for Healthcare Providers

COVID-19 Healthcare Providers Alert

Updates from the Health Department to healthcare providers in Lake County:

Become a Vaccine Provider

In an effort to reduce the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and create immunity to COVID-19 within our population, the Lake County Health Department is working with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to distribute vaccines within our community as quickly and safely as possible. 

COVID-19 vaccines are purchased by the federal government and disseminated to state and local health departments for distribution. The order in which people may receive the vaccine is based on criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). 

The Health Department will be providing some vaccination services. Additionally, the Health Department will partner with some outside clinics and entities to provide more vaccination opportunities for those that live and/or work in Lake County. 

All providers interested in administering the COVID-19 vaccine must sign up for I-CARE. Learn more about becoming a vaccine provider.

Vaccination Plan

Vaccine Information

Communication Toolkits

Information for Employers

On January 25, Lake County has entered into COVID-19 Vaccination Phase 1b, which means that frontline essential workers and people age 65 and older are eligible for vaccinationVaccine supply remains limited, but as more becomes available we believe that employer Points of Dispensing (PODs) will play a critical role in expanding vaccination capacity to our Lake County community. 

Host an Employer POD

Please fill out a brief questionnaire to express interest in serving as an employer POD location. Our staff will then assess interest with vaccine and vaccinator availability and phase eligibility. Thank you for considering being a part of this historical effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Types of PODs

Closed PODs

The easiest way to move forward with an eligible employer vaccine site is a Closed POD. In a Closed POD, an employer (if eligible) or a third-party vaccine provider (more common) registers in the State’s I-CARE program. The Lake County Health Department distributes vaccines for administering to eligible employees either on-site or at a partner location.

The most common Closed POD involves employers contracting with a third-party vaccination provider. These are often companies that provide contract occupational health, employee wellness, and onsite flu clinics.

Disclaimer: The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is in no way responsible for, does not endorse, and is not affiliated with any of the listed organizations. Information and links are provided only as a convenience. Users of this site are strongly encouraged to inquire into these organizations and their services. The Health Department is not responsible for the content of any linked site. The Health Department disclaims any and all liability regarding, arising out of, and in connection with, such providers, their services, and any information on or linked to this website about them.

Partner PODs

If an employer is not eligible to administer vaccine themselves and does not have a third-party vaccinator to partner with, the Lake County Health Department may be able to partner to provide staff/volunteers and vaccine. This option will be available based on vaccine and staffing resource availability. 

Additional Resources