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Safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are an important tool that will help us put an end to the pandemic. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines authorized in the United States are nearly 95% effective and have gone through rigorous clinical trials to ensure their safety.
Lake County’s goal is to fully vaccinate 80% of our population to achieve herd immunity from COVID-19. This amounts to 560,000 people receiving the vaccine. At two doses per person, 1.12 million doses of vaccine will be needed. In order to accomplish our vaccination goal within 6 months, the Health Department would need to receive 43,000 doses of vaccine each week to administer or redistribute to other providers in Lake County.
Vaccine supply continues to be extremely limited. As of February 4, the Lake County Health Department had received less than 50,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is enough to vaccinate less than 4% of our population. So far, over 45,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Lake County.
The Health Department continues to vaccinate Phase 1a healthcare workers by appointment only at its mass vaccination site at the Lake County Fairgrounds but will start opening some appointments for those 65 and older the week of February 14. Phase 1b of vaccinations began on January 25 in Lake County. In this phase, seniors age 65 and older and frontline essential workers are eligible to get the vaccine. This phase includes an estimated 200,000 people in Lake County.
All people who live and work in Lake County should register for their COVID-19 vaccine on the AllVax Portal, AllVax.lakecohealth.org. So far 300,000 people have registered. Residents who need assistance registering can call (847) 377-8130 or email AllVax@lakecountyil.gov. The AllVax system will only allow you to schedule an appointment at a Health Department vaccination site when you are eligible AND if vaccine supply and appointments are available.
Vaccines are limited right now, and we urge you to please be patient. Even when you are eligible, it may take several weeks for an appointment to be available to you. Everyone will have access to the vaccine in time.