Local COVID-19 Vaccine Information

As eligibility widens across Illinois for COVID-19 vaccinations, the information about how, where, and when to find appointments for vaccines grows. To help us all find useful, local resources, we have assembled this page and are updating it frequently. Have a question not addressed here? Contact us now »

Call the Oak Park Township Senior Services at 708.434.4298 for assistance. All Oak Park residents age 65+ who want help completing the online pre-registration form–or who do not have access to the internet or a computer–can get help.

Call the Illinois Department of Public Health Hotline at 833.621.1284. Residents who don’t have access to or need assistance navigating online services can call the hotline to book an appointment. The hotline is open seven days a week from 6 am to midnight with agents available in English and Spanish.

Borrow Wi-Fi hotspots, laptops, Chromebooks, and iPads for use at home. If you do not have home internet access or a computer, checking out one or more of these devices with your Oak Park library card can help. Here’s more on how to get a library card and how to request technology for at-home use »

Use a public computer at the Main Library and Maze Branch Library. Anyone with a library card registered with Oak Park Public Library can schedule a 60-minute computer session:

Here’s more on how to get a library card and what to expect at your computer session »

  • Check with the state of Illinois. As of Wednesday, May 12, all Illinois residents ages 12 and up are eligible.
  • Visit IL Vaccine. This volunteer-run website, available in English and Spanish, displays if vaccine appointments are available at pharmacies and other locations across Illinois.

Vaccine Finder: Enter your ZIP code to see which local pharmacies have a vaccine in stock. Vaccine Finder does not guarantee that appointments are available, but it is more likely that pharmacies listed as having a vaccine “in stock” have available appointments than those listed as being “out of stock.” 

These pharmacies are scheduling appointments directly:

The Village of Oak Park is now collecting information from all residents 12 and older who want to get in line for a local COVID-19 vaccination clinic. Filling out the vaccine pre-registration form does not schedule a vaccination, but it does make sure those residents who wish to be vaccinated can be contacted by the Oak Park Department of Public Health when community vaccination opportunities arise.

*Pre-register here*: Filling out the vaccine pre-registration form does not schedule a vaccination, but it does make sure those residents who wish to be vaccinated can be contacted by the Oak Park Health Department when community vaccination opportunities arise.

*Please note: If you receive a notice that system maintenance is being performed, please visit the website later to pre-register.
 
From the Oak Park Health Department on April 26: Pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine lifted. The Oak Park Department of Public Health is following the lead of state and federal health officials in lifting the pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. After a thorough safety review, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that that the recommended pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be lifted and use of the vaccine should resume. See the latest guidance from the CDC »

Cookcountypublichealth.org: For people living or working in Cook County to register to receive an appointment.

State of Illinois vaccination locations: For eligible state residents to search by ZIP code, status, and radius, providing locations in languages other than English including Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, PolishArabic, and Tagalog.

Chicago.gov: Find information on vaccine availability and eligibility. Plus, get details on which locations are prioritizing people who live in high Community Vulnerability Index and under-vaccinated zip codes.

Walk-in appointments available now at all City of Chicago-operated vaccination sites: Some vaccination sites operated by the City of Chicago are now open to anyone 12+ and can accommodate walk-ins. See a list of sites currently accepting ages 12+ »

Austin residents: The City of Chicago is prioritizing vaccine appointments for Austin residents at Loretto Hospital, 645 S. Central Ave. Appointments are available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 12-6 pm, and Saturdays, 9 am-3 pm. Eligibility for these appointments is open to anyone 12+ living in Austin.

Vaccinations for homebound Chicago residents. To be eligible for this program, you must live in the City of Chicago and be a senior (65+) OR a person (12+) with a disability.

Through July 4, Uber and Lyft are offering free rides (up to a value of $25 from Uber and $15 from Lyft) to and from COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

  • April 23 update: Pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine lifted. Following a thorough safety review, the CDC and FDA have determined that the use of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine should resume in the U.S. This decision signals that the FDA and CDC have confidence that this vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19. See the latest guidance from the CDC »
  • Authorized and recommended vaccines: Currently, three vaccines are authorized and recommended in Illinois to prevent COVID-19: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
  • Vaccine safety: COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials. The vaccines met FDA’s rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization (EUA). Learn more about EUAs in this video »
  • Have you been fully vaccinated? People are considered fully vaccinated:
    • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
    • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
    • If it has been less than 2 weeks since your single-dose shot, or if you still need to get your second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated.
  • After you are fully vaccinated: We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces until we know more.

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