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COVID Vaccine Information

Proof of Vaccination Needed in Highland Park Restaurants

Beginning Friday, January 7, 2022, all individuals ages 5 and older will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to access all on-premises food and drink establishments in the City. The measure does not apply to individuals visiting an establishment for less than ten minutes for ordering or picking up food, making a delivery, or using the washroom. The City's local order mirrors local regulations in Skokie and Evanston, as well as that of Cook County, which impacts all Cook County communities. Learn more about this new COVID-19 mitigation effort.

If you live or work in Lake County, register with Allvax!

This system helps Lake County keep track of how many vaccinations people need.

Register Here

Where can I get a vaccine/booster appointment?

Locations in Highland Park and Highwood include:

  1. CVS
  2. Fenix Family Heath Center
  3. Jewel
  4. North Shore Hospital
  5. Walgreens

I'm vaccinated. Do I still have to wear a mask in the library?

The State of Illinois has a mask mandate in place for indoor public spaces, no matter what the person's COVID or vaccination status is. Please continue to fully cover your nose and mouth when you're in the library building.

What should I do if I'm having mental health problems due to COVID?

If you're ready to talk to someone about the effect this pandemic has had on you, take a look at Illinois Strong to find free crisis counseling all across the state.

COVID vaccine frequently asked questions

Find out more about the COVID vaccines, and the Lake County AllVax portal, here.

    • COVID-19 vaccines are tested in large clinical trials to make sure they meet safety standards. Both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines passed three phases of clinical trials. These phases included months of data collection and thousands of participants. All routine safety standards must be met to ensure that any authorized or approved vaccine is as safe as possible.

    • No. The COVID-19 vaccine was able to be developed so quickly because it did not face the typical barriers that usually slow things down. These barriers include securing funding, identifying the structure of the virus, recruiting participants for the trials, developing the vaccine technology (mRNA vaccines have already been widely used), delays in manufacturing, and waiting for FDA review and authorization. The COVID-19 vaccine development had great levels of resources, scientists, and participants.Scientists and researchers across the world also collaborated and shared information and resources to make this possible.

    • Many people were recruited to participate in these trials to see how the vaccines offer protection to people of different ages, races, ethnicities, and different medical conditions. There were no significant safety concerns identified in these groups.


      Racial/ethnic distribution

      • 13% -Hispanic
      • 10% -African American
      • 6% -Asian
      • 1%-Native American

      Age Range

      45% ages 56-85


      Racial/ethnic distribution

      • 63%-White
      • 20% -Hispanic
      • 10% -African American/Black
      • 4% -Asian
      • 3% -All others

      Age Ranges

      • 64% ages 45 and older
      • 39% ages 45-64
      • 25% ages 65+
    • The nation's vaccine supply is very limited. We expect supply to increase over the coming weeks and months, so our Health Department is working to build a network of local providers to give vaccinations. As supply increases and more providers are set up to administer vaccines, the number of people getting vaccinated will increase.

    • Both COVID-19 and the vaccine are new. We don’t know how long protection lasts for those who get infected or those who are vaccinated. What we do know is that COVID-19 has caused serious illness and death in many people. If you get COVID-19, you also risk giving it to loved ones who may get sick. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine helps protect you and those you love.

    • Yes. Right now it’s unclear how long immunity for COVID-19 lasts after you have been sick. We do know that immunity from having the virus decreases over time, especially for mild cases. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 again.

    • It is important to get both doses for the maximum level of immunity to COVID-19. Having one dose gives you about 50% immunity, and having two doses gives you about 95% immunity.

    • You may experience some mild side effects after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The side effects are signs that your immune system is building protection against the virus. These include:

      • Soreness, redness, or warmth in the arm where you were vaccinated.
      • Headache
      • Fever
      • Fatigue
      • Body Aches

      These symptoms usually go away on their own within a week. Most people do not have serious side effects after getting a vaccine. People who should not get the vaccine include people that have allergies to the ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccine and those that have had an allergic reaction to the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

    • Register for the COVID-19 vaccine on Lake County’s AllVaxPortal. You will be notified when you are able to schedule an appointment for a vaccine. AllVax is a safe and secure system that will help you schedule a vaccination appointment, track the type of vaccine you receive, and provide other important information. Visit to get started. If you need help registering, please visit the AllVax FAQ page on Registration. If you need have additional questions you can call the Lake County Health Department at 847-377-8130.

    • Once you register in AllVax, you will receive an email when it’s your turn to schedule your vaccine. Right now, they are vaccinating those in Phase 1A, which includes those who work in healthcare settings and long-term care facility residents. The next phase will include seniors 65 or older as well as front line essential workers, including first responders, teachers, support staff, transportation staff, food/agriculture staff, daycare facilities, grocery stores, and corrections officers. The best way to know when it is your turn is to register on the AllVaxPortal.Once you register, add to your safe senders list to ensure future messages do not go to spam.

    • The list of high-risk conditions on the AllVax Portal is based on CDC recommendations. Studies have found that those with the listed conditions are at the highest risk for severe illness. New health conditions may get added. If they do, they will send an email to registered residents. They can then update their health conditions in the portal.

    • The vaccine you receive is based on CDC guidance and availability. You cannot make a request for a specific type of vaccine. You do need to make sure you get the same vaccine for both doses—they are not interchangeable. AllVax will help track which vaccine you get so you receive the right second dose. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are mRNA vaccines and work in the same way. They have similar safety and efficacy results from clinical trials.

    • Three things have to happen for a person to receive an email from AllVax to set up their appointment:

      1. The registered person must be currently eligible to get the vaccine (they meet the requirements of the current phase of vaccinations);
      2. The Health Department receives a supply of vaccine; and
      3. Appointment times are available.

      The AllVax system does not email everyone who is eligible at the same time. This is to avoid the frustrating situation where you might get an email to schedule, log in, and all appointments are already taken. For example, there might be 30,000 people currently eligible, but the Health Department receives a shipment of 1,200 doses. The AllVax system may notify the next 1,500 people who are eligible to allow them to schedule, and then notify more people if appointments do not fill up.

    • No. We understand that many people are eager to get the COVID-19 vaccine and are concerned for their own health and the health of their loved ones. We are following the guidelines set in place by the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health. We are not making exceptions to the vaccination phases. Be assured, everyone who wants a vaccine will be able to get one, but this process will take time. Remember that while we wait for the vaccine, we still have the power to protect ourselves and our families from COVID-19. Consistently follow the 3 Ws –Wear a mask, Wash your hands,and Watch your distance –to keep yourself and those you love safe.