1. COVID-19 Vaccination Information Overview
  2. COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration
  3. Vaccine Appointment Information
  4. Vaccine Availability
  5. Vaccine Requirements/Mandates
  6. Vaccine Safety
  7. Other Vaccine Info

Skokie residents! Click here to access the COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-Registration site.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update - January 24, 2021

Week of January 25, 2021 - all appointments offered to Skokie residents and healthcare workers in Phases 1A and 1B are filled. More appointments will be released when additional vaccine supplies become available, which is expected on or before February 1, 2021.

The Village is providing vaccinations to Skokie residents in Phases 1A and 1B and will continue to offer vaccines to residents in Phase 1A and 1B as vaccine supplies are received. 

The Village is following the guidelines of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and will be providing free vaccinations in a multi-phased approach that prioritizes those most at-risk. See more information about these phases from the IDPH.
 
When will Skokie have more COVID-19 vaccines available?
The State of Illinois determines vaccine allotments on a week-to-week basis and then notifies the Skokie Health and Human Services Department on how many doses will be shipped that week. The dates when the shipments will arrive, and the amount that will arrive, have proven unpredictable so far. For example, the Village was notified on Thursday, January 21 that 1,200 doses of vaccine were being shipped, and the shipment was received on Friday, January 22. The Health and Human Services Department then scheduled clinics for the week of January 25, during which 1,440 doses of the vaccine will be administered to Phase 1A healthcare workers and Phase 1B senior citizens age 65 and older and essential workers, the groups identified by the state’s Vaccination Plan as being most at-risk. This practice of receiving vaccines and then quickly scheduling vaccination clinics will continue as vaccine supplies increase.

What is the COVID-19 vaccination clinic schedule?
Precise dates and schedules for future COVID-19 vaccine clinics will be announced as soon as additional vaccine supplies become available. Vaccination clinics will continue to be scheduled regularly as vaccine supplies allow.


COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-Registration is Open for Skokie Residents!

All Skokie residents age 18 and over, and healthcare workers employed at a Skokie healthcare provider, are invited to pre-register to receive a future notification from the Village's Health and Human Services Department when they qualify to make a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. You will NOT receive an email confirmation after completing the pre-registration.

Click here to access the COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-Registration site.

The Village is following the guidelines of the Illinois Department of Public Health and will be providing free vaccinations in a multi-phased approach. For more information on these phases, click here

The Village will move to new phases as sufficient doses of the COVID-19 vaccine become available. Proof of Skokie residency and/or if applicable employment at a Skokie healthcare provider will be required to receive a vaccine.

Each household member age 18 and over must complete this survey.

Skokie Health and Human Services Department Administering the COVID-19 Vaccine

The Skokie Health and Human Services Department accepted their first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine on December 17, 2020. The vaccine was promptly delivered to NorthShore University HealthSystem and was administered to Skokie Hospital’s frontline healthcare workers. The Skokie Health and Human Services Department is working with numerous community partners to ensure that the Village’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics, which are now open for healthcare workers in priority group 1A, run smoothly to best serve the community.

As vaccine supplies increase in the coming weeks, it will be allocated to additional identified priority groups, and the general public in Skokie. In each phase, once the priority groups have been satisfactorily reached, vaccine administration planning can then focus on reaching the next priority group and/or the general population where the overarching goal is to elicit herd immunity. More information on the State of Illinois’ “phased approach” to vaccine distribution and administration can be found on the State of Illinois’ SARS CoV2/COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Planning website

Because the Village of Skokie has one of only four State-certified health departments in Illinois, Skokie residents will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a Skokie location instead of having to go to a clinic somewhere else in Cook County. Proof of Skokie residency will be required. The Skokie Health and Human Services Department staff, with support from all Village departments, is working diligently to prepare for these public vaccination clinics that will be opened as soon as sufficient vaccine supplies are available. See pre-registration information at the top of this page. Updates on how to register, dates and times will be shared when available via SkokieNews, the Village's electronic newsletter (subscribe here) and the Village website. For decades, the Skokie Health Department has conducted community flu vaccination clinics. During the H1N1 health crisis in 2009, the Skokie Health Department was one of the first local health departments to receive vaccines, and Health Department staff coordinated a series of vaccination clinics to administer some 40,000 doses of the vaccine.

During his December 23, 2020 press briefing, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker responded to a question about how long it would take to vaccinate all individuals in the highest priority groups,1a, which encompasses 810,000 eligible individuals and 1b, which includes more than one million eligible Illinois citizens. Governor Pritzker stated that how quickly the State of Illinois completes Phase 1a is dependent on the number of vaccines Illinois receives from the federal distribution, noting that during the initial week the Pfizer vaccine was available, Illinois received just over 100,000 doses. Vaccine shipments are expected to steadily increase now that the Moderna vaccine has been approved, and the pace of vaccinations should only increase over time. 

The public is advised to continue to take precautions to avoid contracting and spreading COVID-19. The 3 W’s are: Wear a mask, Wash your hands and Watch your social distance. Avoid social gatherings and get tested if you think you have been exposed.