COVID-19 Vaccination Resources and Updates

Who is responsible for vaccination distribution in Wilmette?

Vaccine distribution and administration is the responsibility of the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH). As part of federal and state guidelines, vaccines are only allotted to the 97 certified health departments in the State of Illinois. Of those certified health departments, only 4 are municipalities (Chicago, Evanston, Oak Park, and Skokie; all with populations of at least 50,000), the other 1,294 municipalities in the state fall under the jurisdiction of their county or regional health departments.

Where can I schedule appointments to receive my COVID-19 vaccine?

Suburban Cook County residents

Pharmacies

Healthcare providers

Homebound Residents

What is the Village’s role in the vaccination distribution?

While the Village does not have direct access to vaccinations for our community, the Village has and will continue to advocate as hard as we can on behalf of Wilmette residents to expedite the vaccination roll-out in suburban Cook County. The Village is committed to using all of its financial and personnel resources to accelerate the roll-out of the vaccine to our residents. To that end, Wilmette in partnership with the Villages of Winnetka, Northfield and Lincolnwood sent a letter to Cook County Department of Public Health in early January 2021 proposing to utilize our Certified Paramedics to administer vaccinations to Cook County residents. We have outstanding resources and personnel in our local Fire Departments and are working proactively with Cook County to leverage this asset.

As of 02/25/2021, The Village is excited to share that Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division 3, of which Wilmette is a member, is partnering with Cook County to leverage local resources and accelerate COVID-19 vaccine rollout in our area! A vaccination site at the New Trier High School Northfield campus operates on a frequent basis, follow the Village’s social media and e-news newsletter for updates on clinic dates and vaccination appointment registration. This clinic serves as a model for using local paramedics to expand vaccination in communities. Click here to view the program press release!

How is the vaccine being distributed across Illinois and Cook County?

The State of Illinois developed its vaccination distribution plan based upon guidance and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The ACIP recommended priority groups based upon risk of exposure, morbidity, and mortality. Click here for the State’s Vaccination Plan.

CCDPH followed federal and state guidelines for distributing the vaccine. Distribution prioritization is based on risk, not geographic location. However, all hospitals across the city will receive doses of the vaccine based on their healthcare workforce and patient populations. Additionally, CCDPH will look at access to the vaccine through an equity lens. Since the initial supplies of vaccine is limited, populations have been prioritized for receiving the vaccine. Click here for a presentation from CCDPH on their Vaccination Plan. Additionally, you can view the Cook County Virtual Town Hall from January 6 about the Vaccination Plan.

How are vaccinations being prioritized?

Both the State of Illinois and CCDPH have provided information on their vaccine distribution which highlight the first phase of the plan which includes Phases 1a, 1b, 1b+, and 1c.

Vaccine Distribution in Illinois

Where are we in the vaccine distribution process?

The State of Illinois and Cook County are in Phase 2 of the vaccination plan, meaning any individual 16 years or older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

How are the vaccines being distributed?

CCDPH is distributing vaccine to a total of 91 sites including Cook County Health centers, large capacity sites around the county, 40 Walgreens locations, other pharmacies and county hospitals.

As more vaccine is distributed by the federal government, several thousand vaccination providers will be available, including but not limited to doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), across the state.

Where will the vaccines be distributed?

Click here for vaccination locations and appointment information.

Where is there information on total vaccinations administered?

Both the State of Illinois and Cook County Department of Public Health have developed dashboards that provide up to date information on vaccinations administered. Below are links to both of those dashboards.

Where is there information about the vaccination?

Below are several resources for more information on the vaccination.

 Can I register now to get the vaccine?

On January 25, Cook County opened up public registration regarding the COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program. It will include updates on the vaccine, notifications when vaccines are open to the different phases, information on scheduling the vaccine appointment, and information and vaccine distribution locations in Cook County.

This post was updated on 4/23/2021.

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