As of January 25, the State of Illinois moved into Phase 1B of its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, which makes the vaccine available to frontline essential workers and to all Illinois residents age 65 and older. Those classified as eligible essential workers are first responders, teachers, grocery store workers, postal workers, public transit workers, corrections workers and inmates, staff at shelters and daycare centers, and those that work in the food service, agriculture, and manufacturing industries.
On February 25, Phase 1B further expanded eligibility to include those age 16-64 with high-risk medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, or pregnancy.
Administration of the vaccine to residents throughout Riverside Township is under the jurisdiction of the State of Illinois and the Cook County Department of Public Health. Demand is high and the vaccine is in limited supply; it will be administered by appointment only.
To sign-up for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, visit: https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov/
You can also call the Cook County’s Vaccine Sign-up Hotline at (833) 308-1988, Monday – Friday, from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, or the Illinois Department of Public Health Vaccine Call Center at (833) 621-1284, seven days a week, from 6:00 am – Midnight.
The nearest state-supported vaccination site is the Cook County Health Center in North Riverside, located at 1800 S. Harlem Avenue. The site will be open by appointment only, Monday – Saturday, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Walgreens, Jewel-Osco, and Walmart locations are also currently taking vaccination appointments for those eligible under Phase 1B. You can try to make an appointment with them through the respective links below.
To find other locations and links to schedule a vaccination appointment, one can search: https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/vaccination-location