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. Oak Park cardholders can make an appointment to use a public computer at the Main Library. Call 708.697.6943 between 10 am and 6 pm Mondays-Saturdays to schedule a 45-minute 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 Monday, April 12, all Illinois residents ages 16 and up are eligible, except in the city of Chicago, which plans to open eligibility to all residents 16+ on Monday, April 19.
- 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:
Chicago, the county, and the state have introduced 14 mass vaccination sites. Those closest to Oak Park include:
- Forest Park: The Cook County Department of Public Health opened this mass vaccination site. To schedule an appointment, sign up here, or call 833.308.1988.
- United Center: Currently for Chicago residents only.
- Illinois Vaccination Locations: Browse the complete list of state sites, including a map of hospitals, clinics, and more.
The Village of Oak Park is now collecting information from all residents 16 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.
Vaccine.cookcountyil.gov: For people living or working in Cook County to register to receive an appointment.
New! Vaccinations for homebound Chicago residents. To be eligible for this program, you must live in the City of Chicago and be a senior OR a person with a disability who requires in-home assistance OR have to use adaptive equipment (like a ventilator, crutches, a walker, a wheelchair, etc.) and/or accessible transportation to leave home AND leaving home is not an option for you because doing so requires considerable and taxing effort.
Chicago.gov: Find information on vaccine availability and eligibility.
Protect Chicago Plus: Regardless of vaccine eligibility phases, this site provides a timeline and information for residents of specific Chicago neighborhoods including:
- From the Oak Park Health Department: As of April 14, Johnson & Johnson vaccinations are paused. The Oak Park Health Department is pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and as required by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). This was done out of an abundance of caution due to six cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the United States, out of over 6.8 million doses given. There are no known cases in Oak Park. These events appear to be extremely rare, and COVID-19 vaccine safety continues to be a top priority. In the meantime, the Oak Park Health Department and its community vaccination partners are continuing to administer Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines as supplies allow.
- Authorized and recommended vaccines: Currently, two vaccines are authorized and recommended in Illinois to prevent COVID-19: Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
- 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.