COVID-19 Vaccine Information
The COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed 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-19Current Vaccination Eligibility
Starting Monday, April 12, all Illinois residents aged 16 and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine although some areas or sites may still prioritize specific groups for their vaccine allocation.
Vaccine Appointment Registration
Although current demand for the COVID-19 vaccine continues to exceed supply, the State of Illinois and local Health Departments encourage residents to browse local pharmacies for appointments, as openings may become available throughout the day. Lake Forest or Lake Bluff residents can also look to "Vaccine Buddies" to help navigate COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Click here for more information about the "Vaccine Buddies" program, or contact Dickinson Hall (Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Senior Center) at 847.234.2209.
In addition to opportunities to receive the vaccine from the Lake County Health Department, your personal health care provider or pharmacy may also be scheduling appointments. These providers may also have vaccine appointments available for local residents:
- Lake County (AllVax)
- Patty Turner Center (Deerfield, IL)
- Cook County
- Walgreens Pharmacies
- Jewel-Osco Pharmacies
- Mariano's Pharmacies
In addition to the Lake County Health Department's AllVax Portal, additional vaccine aggregator sites may help you search for appointments in your area:
Patty Turner Center - Residents and High School Students
The Patty Turner Center (375 Elm Street, Deerfield) will also offer vaccinations weekly for local residents and employees. The Center is prioritizing doses of the Pfizer vaccine for local high school students as this is the only vaccine approved for use by 16 and 17 year olds. To register, visit https://www.doctorstestcenters.com/vaccine.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the City of Lake Forest providing vaccines?
On Sunday, April 18, the City of Lake Forest and the Village of Lake Bluff will partner with Lake Forest Schools and the LF/LB Vaccine Buddies to administer 500 first doses of the Moderna vaccine at Deer Path Middle School, 95 Deerpath Road. Appointments are available for anyone who lives or works in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, or Knollwood who is at least 18 years of age. To schedule your appointment, call 847.485.0220 this Monday and Tuesday (April 12 & 13) between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. A self-scheduling link will be released on the Village website this Wednesday to access remaining appointments. Take note:
- Vaccinations are by appointment only. There are no walk-up appointments.
- You can receive a vaccine for free even if you lack a photo ID or health insurance. However, if you are insured, please bring your insurance card.
- Second doses will be scheduled Sunday, May 16 at Deer Path Middle School.
- The vaccination site is administered by Doctors Test Centers. The call center is administered by volunteers.
Vaccines are also being distributed through the Lake County Health Department and their vaccination partners, such as hospitals, doctors' offices, state-run clinics, and retail pharmacies, like Jewel-Osco, Walgreens and CVS. To view a list of vaccine locations near you, please visit the State of Illinois vaccination location map by clicking here.
Who can help me register for the vaccine?
For help registering for a vaccine in Lake County, please contact the Lake County Health Department at 847.377.8130 or AllVax@lakecountyil.gov.
What information do I need to register?
Date of birth
Am I able to also register another person?
Yes, you can register other people through your profile. Go to your home page and click "Add another person".
Should I register if I work in Lake County but live in another county?
People who work in Lake County but live in another county may register on the portal. Please register using your home address, not your work address.
Who will COVID-19 vaccines be distributed to first?
At first, the supply of vaccines will be limited. Certain residents will receive their vaccines before others. We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on this timing. As of December 4, IDPH has prioritized residents in this order:
- Health Care Personnel and Long Term Care Facility Residents
- Essential Frontline Workers - pending CDC guidance
- Adults with high risk medical conditions and those over 65 years of age - pending CDC guidance
- All other adults and people in other congregate settings - pending CDC guidance
- Young adults and children (if a pediatric vaccine is available) - pending CDC guidance
You may find a detailed list of Frequently Asked Questions here.