COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Information
COVID-19 Vaccination Information
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones and help our communities recover from the devastating impacts of this pandemic. Here are key things to know about the COVID-19 vaccines, benefits of the vaccines, and guidance for fully vaccinated individuals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
All Illinoisans ages 12 and up are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of immigration status. The vaccine is FREE and you do not need to have health insurance to receive a vaccine. This website has information about what you can do if you receive a bill for a COVID-19 vaccine, treatment, or testing. HERE is a helpful fact sheet. No personal data collected during the vaccination process can be used for civil or criminal prosecution, including immigration enforcement.
Free or discounted rides to vaccination sites through the Uber and Lyft apps are available if you need transport in order to get to your vaccine appointment.
You should get a COVID-19 vaccine card at your first vaccine appointment. If you didn't, contact the provider site where you got vaccinated or your state health department to find out how to get a card. Keep your vaccination card safe and do not share a photo of your card online or on social media. If someone contacts you to buy or sell a vaccination card, it's a scam. You can report fraud related to COVID-19 HERE or by calling 800-447-8477.
For more information on the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine and answers to frequently asked questions, click HERE.
COVID-19 Vaccination Sites
All Illinois Residents
There are many options for getting the vaccine, including through your health care provider, a pharmacy, your employer, or a mass vaccination site.
To find the COVID-19 vaccination location nearest you, text your zip code to GETVAX (438829) in English or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish. You can also input your zip code at www.vaccines.gov or www.vacunas.gov for help making a vaccine appointment.
For an interactive map of all vaccination locations in the State of Illinois, click HERE.
The following vaccination locations and resources are available to all Illinois residents:
The following pharmacies are also offering the vaccine:
- Sam's Club
City of Chicago Residents
Click HERE for the City of Chicago's Vaccine Finder tool. Chicagoans can also get the vaccine at any of the locations above, or any of the following city-run vaccination sites. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can make a vaccine appointment at Zocdoc.com/vaccine or by calling 312-746-4835.
- United Center Vaccination Site (9AM-7PM daily)
- Need help getting to your vaccine appointment? Uber will provide up to $40 in free ride credits to and from the United Center once you book a vaccination appointment online.
- Chicago State University Vaccination Site (12PM-6PM Monday through Friday, Saturdays 9AM-3PM)
- American Airlines Conference Center at Gallagher Way next to Wrigley Field Vaccination Site
- Apostolic Faith Church
- Richard J. Daley College
- Wilbur Wright College
- Loretto Hospital
Vaccinations for City of Chicago Seniors/Home-bound Individuals:
The City of Chicago is working to integrate mobile home health care vaccination services to reach home-bound individuals who are unable to go to the City’s COVID-19 vaccination sites to get the vaccine. For more information, click HERE.
Cook County Residents
Click HERE for information about getting the COVID-19 vaccine in Cook County.
Cook County Health is operating six mass vaccination sites that are open to all Illinois residents Monday through Saturday, 8:30 AM-5 PM. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can make an appointment HERE or by calling 833-308-1988.
Cook County residents can also get vaccinated at any of the sites listed in the "All Illinois Residents" section above.
The Hines VA Medical Center is currently offering COVID-19 vaccines to all veterans already receiving care from the VA and some spouses and caregivers of Veterans. To schedule an appointment, call the Hines COVID vaccine call center at 708-202-2707 or 708-202-7000. Click HERE for more information.
The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center is now providing COVID-19 vaccines to all Veterans, spouses, widows, and caregivers. There are no restrictions on age, health conditions, employment, or type of discharge from military service. To schedule an appointment, call 312-569-5801. Click HERE for more information.
Will County Residents
Will County residents can get vaccinated at any of the sites listed in the "All Illinois Residents" section above.
COVID-19 Vaccines: A Candid Conversation
Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines? Hear from local public health experts as they address common questions and concerns about the vaccines at my virtual panel discussion HERE.
Panelists include Dr. Amaal Tokars, the Assistant Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Dr. Daria Terrell, the Director of Clinical Programming and Health Outcomes at St. Bernard Hospital, Julie-Ann Collins, a Nurse Practitioner at Friend Health, and Christopher Thompson, an Illinois resident who shares his experience getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 Testing Locations in Illinois's First District
Click here for an interactive map of COVID-19 testing locations in the Chicagoland area.
Below are lists of testing locations compiled by Illinois state and local health departments:
- Illinois Department of Public Health
- Cook County Department of Public Health
- Will County Health Department
- City of Chicago
For more information about COVID-19 testing guidelines, click HERE.