We’re all anxious to get vaccinated against Covid-19 so we can feel safe out in the world again. Right now, though not impossible, it is still fairly difficult to get a vaccination appointment. Persistence and luck play a factor in getting an appointment, so please keep trying.
We’ve collected the resources below to try to make the process as pain free as possible.
Cook County Community Vaccination Program
Your first step, if you live or work within Cook County, should be to sign up with the Community Vaccination Program. Once registered you’ll be assigned to your vaccination phase. Right now we’re in Phase 1B which includes individuals 65 and over and frontline essential workers.
With the Community Vaccination Program, you can sign up for COVID-19 updates and information to schedule an appointment when administration expands to your phase.
To sign up visit vaccine.cookcountyil.gov or call 833-308-1988, Monday-Friday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
Check back regularly to find appointments in Cook County, including those at Triton College and the Tinley Park Convention Center.
At Zocdoc.com, you can search for local vaccination appointments. If none are available, you can sign up to be notified when new appointments are open.
Start a search at zocdoc.com/vaccine or call 312-746-4835, open at 8:30 AM.
Check back regularly to search for appointments including those at the United Center and at Wright College.
Dr. B, Vaccine Standby List
Created by a the former CEO of ZocDoc, Dr. B connects vaccine providers with patients when extra doses become available due to missed appointments.
A phone with the ability to receive text messages is required to sign up and only one patient can sign up per phone number.
Sign up online at hidrb.com.
Lindsey LaPointe’s Office
State Representative for District 19, Lindsey LaPointe is organizing volunteers to help with scheduling vaccination appointments.
If you’re over 65 and you’re having trouble getting your vaccination, please sign up online or call 773-647-1174.
If you’d like to help someone else set up an appointment, sign up online.
All of the pharmacy locations below currently require making appointments through their websites and are not accepting phone calls.
If the website requires entering a zip code we suggest starting with your home zip code and, if no nearby appointments are available, branching out to neighboring zipcodes, 60706, 60176, 60634, 60656, 60631, 60131, 60171, 60707, 60641, 60630, 60646. Find more nearby zipcodes.
At coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/vaccination-location, the State of Illinois maintains a map of health centers, pharmacies, and other locations offering vaccinations. The list below the map includes links with information on scheduling appointments.
New sites and pharmacies are being added daily. Please check back regularly for available appointments.
Other Appointment Finders
An Evanston 8th grader created a website to assist Illinois residents in finding a vaccine appointment. This site is updated by volunteers so there may be a slight lag for appointment updates. There are a number of health care providers listed, in addition to some above.
This CDC vaccine finder website can help find vaccine appointments anywhere in the country. Information may be limited while more providers and pharmacies are added in the coming weeks.
While vaccination details are getting worked out, here’s what you can be sure of:
- You can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine. That’s a scam.
- You can’t pay to get early access to the vaccine. That’s a scam.
- Nobody legit will call about the vaccine and ask for your Social Security, bank account, or credit card number. That’s a scam.
Ignore any vaccine offers that say different, or ask for personal or financial information.
If you or an acquaintance are unable to access the internet to search for and schedule a vaccination appointment, please call the library at 708-867-7828 to ask how we might be able to help.