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

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. 

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, expected to begin during the first quarter of 2021, run smoothly to best serve the community.

As vaccine supplies increase in the coming weeks, it will be allocated to identified priority groups, including health care personnel, residents at long-term care and first responders. After these groups Public Health Nurse Sue Reisberg vaccinating Lieutenant/Paramedic Dan Collins (JPG)have received the vaccine, efforts will expand to vaccinate additional critical populations 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. This photo showing Skokie Public Health Nurse Susan Reisberg vaccinating Skokie Fire Department Lieutenant/Paramedic Dan Collins was taken during the week of December 28.

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.

In the photo below taken on December 29, 2020, Skokie Fire Department paramedics are seen undergoing training for administering the COVID-19 vaccine.

Skokie Fire Department Paramedics receiving COVID-19 immunization training (PDF)