COVID-19 Vaccine Information

We know our members have spent the last 10 months on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and are understandably eager to receive the vaccine now that distribution has begun rolling out. The CDS staff is working with the eight different public health agencies in our jurisdiction – City of Chicago, Cook, DuPage, and Lake, along with the dedicated health departments for Evanston, Oak Park, Skokie and Stickney – that are coordinating their distribution of the vaccine.

Each health department has its own timeline, process, and procedure, which has led to inconsistencies in the manner and timing of vaccine rollout in various counties. Please be assured that the CDS staff is proactively communicating with each agency on a regular basis and sharing information we receive with members via email. Please note that you should follow the information and guidance of the department where your practice is located, not where you live personally. We are continuing to follow vaccine distribution developments and will provide additional updates and information as we have it.

If your practice is not located in one of these counties, please visit the website of your local health department for updates on vaccination plans in your area.

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Updated Jan. 8, 2021 

City of Chicago Department of Public Health

Vaccination Options for Healthcare Personnel Not Affiliated with Hospitals or Health Systems

Healthcare providers and persons at high-risk of exposure to patients who could be infected with COVID-19 are one of the first groups prioritized for COVID-19 vaccination. The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently began vaccination efforts for Phase 1a healthcare providers practicing outside of the hospital setting, which includes the staff of outpatient clinics, dental offices, urgent care facilities, independent pharmacies, home care companies, dialysis centers, and mortuary services staff.

As CDPH continues to plan and schedule vaccination appointments for Phase 1a individuals at clinics, they request that one representative from your clinic/facility (e.g., the clinic administrator or business owner) complete the survey. The department will contact you with vaccination appointment times and provide a QR code that will permit you access to the vaccination site. Additional information

Sign up for the Chicago Health Alert Network (HAN). It is CDPH's primary method of sharing information about urgent and emerging public health situations with Chicago clinicians, laboratories and partner agencies.

Cook County Public Health Department

Vaccination for COVID-19 in suburban Cook County will be rolled out in phases, based on national guidance. There will be a very limited supply in the beginning. As a result, vaccines will be prioritized for:

  • Healthcare workers – particularly those who treat COVID patients. Hospitals will vaccinate their own employees.
  • Residents and staff at long-term care facilities. Long-term care facilities are part of a federal program that works with pharmacies to vaccinate residents and staff.

CCPHD is using the information collected from the survey link below to aid in vaccination planning and support with coordination of resources across the region. According to the CCPHD website, "We are currently establishing an overall coordinated approach for the ongoing communication and engagement with all stakeholders for the duration of the COVID-19 response, largely focusing on vaccination."

Fill out the CCPHD survey. Find Additional information.

Evanston Health Department

Help the City better understand local vaccine demand and support ongoing planning and distribution efforts by completing Evanston’s Vaccination Interest Form.

All individuals 16 years and older who live OR work in Evanston are encouraged to complete the form to receive regular updates on the vaccine process and when and where the vaccine will be available to them. This is not a vaccine registration form.

Through January 6, the City has received 3,550 COVID-19 vaccine doses and provided 2,765 doses to Evanston hospitals, healthcare providers and paramedics.

Starting January 7, and continuing into next week, the City anticipates administering an additional 500 vaccine doses to non-hospital and community-based healthcare workers at a closed vaccination event.

As more vaccines are received, the City will continue to host closed vaccination events throughout the winter to distribute the vaccine to priority groups, including frontline essential workers, those 65 years and older, and those at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Oak Park Health Department

As of Dec. 16, 2020, all vaccines coming to Oak Park are being allocated to Rush Oak Park Hospital and West Suburban Medical Center for their health care workers.

Oak Park residents who qualify in the first round (Phase 1A), but are not being vaccinated through their employers, will need to register for vaccination. Registration details will be available when the online registration platform is provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health. A statewide shared platform is essential to tracking vaccinations since a second dose of the vaccine will be required either 21 or 28 days after the first dose. For more information and updates. Evanston Health and Human Services Department The Evanston Health and Human Services Department (EHHS) is following the phased approach recommended by both the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The department is currently in Phase 1A which consists of healthcare workers and long-term care residents. Since the availability of vaccines will be scarce initially, IDPH has specified the first few shipments are designated for hospital healthcare workers. The vaccine will soon be available to healthcare workers not affiliated with a hospital. EHHS will provide a date and location for you and your staff to get vaccinated. In order to ensure EHHS has enough vaccines when they become available for your group, please fill out this survey. Find more information.

Skokie Health and Human Services Department

The Skokie Health and Human Services Department accepted their first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 17, 2020. The vaccine was promptly delivered to NorthShore University HealthSystem where it is being administered to Skokie Hospital’s frontline healthcare workers. The Health and Human Services Department is working with numerous community partners to ensure that the Village’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics, expected to begin during the first quarter of 2021, run smoothly to best serve the community.

Additional limited quantities of vaccine will be shipped to NorthShore University HealthSystem. The remaining will be used to vaccinate identified priority groups, including health care personnel and first responders. The department does not currently have a survey or link for healthcare professionals to complete.

Information regarding how to register, dates and times will be shared when available via SkokieNews and the village website.

Stickney Public Health District

The district's website does not offer a survey for healthcare professionals to complete. Find additional information.

DuPage County Health Department

DCPH has begun contacting those who filled out the survey link below for vaccination the first week of January. Complete the survey.

Please sign up for weekly updates. DCHD will actively promote the (drive-through) vaccination clinic information as the schedule is finalized and DCHD receives vaccine allocation for non-hospital-associated HCP, who will be the focus at DCHD PODs/vaccination clinics.

Lake County Health Department

Register for the vaccine at Lake County Health Department’s portal.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Why are some health departments sending out surveys and others are not?
When will I be able to get the vaccine?
Can I register to get the vaccine now in Chicago?
Can I show up at CDPH’s Point of Dispensing (POD) site at Malcolm X College to be vaccinated?
I heard a colleague was vaccinated,. Why have I not yet received the vaccine?
Does it cost anything to get the vaccination?