Over 175,000 register for COVID-19 vaccination in Lake County

Goal is to get 80% of population vaccinated

WAUKEGAN – There is plenty of interest in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine from those who live and work in Lake County.

The Lake County AllVax Portal has more than 175,000 registrants, which is 25% of Lake County’s population.

“Registering in AllVax is more important now than ever before,” said Jefferson McMillan-Wilhoit, director of health informatics and technology at the Lake County Health Department. “This portal is designed to shield the public from road bumps on the road to vaccination, but in order to be effective, we need everyone to register.”

Anyone who lives or works in Lake County can register on the AllVax Portal. Registering is free, easy, and secure. Just visit AllVax.lakecohealth.org. If you are unable to register online, you can register over the phone by calling the Lake County Health Department at 847-377-8130.

Once you are registered, you can schedule your vaccination appointments for Lake County Health Department facilities by using the system when a vaccine is available for you. After you are registered, you will be notified when you are eligible to make an appointment for a vaccine.

The Lake County Health Department currently is in Phase 1a of vaccinations. Following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this includes health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.

Of the 175,550 individuals registered in AllVax:

• 1,911 are firefighters or emergency medical service providers

• 11,264 are health care workers

• 15,911 are other essential workers

Phase 1a is to be followed by Phases 1b and 1c as defined by the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health. These groups include seniors, front-line essential workers, people working in food and agriculture, manufacturing, corrections and the U.S. Postal Service.

Those who register in AllVax will be able to schedule vaccination appointments first based on CDC and IDPH phasing and prioritization. The longer you wait to register in AllVax, the later you will be notified to receive your vaccine in your eligible phase.

“As we continue to move through these phases of vaccination, being registered in AllVax is critical,” said Mark Pfister, executive director at the Lake County Health Department. “We want to let you know when it is time to get vaccinated, but we can only do so if you are registered. If you have already registered, remind your loved ones, family and friends in Lake County to do so, as well.”

The Lake County AllVax Portal streamlines the process of getting the vaccine to Lake County residents to reach the goal of 80% of Lake County residents being vaccinated.

Visit the health department’s coronavirus webpage, www.lakecountyil.gov/coronavirus, for updates, testing information, community guidance, resources and answers to frequently asked questions, and to sign up for the health department’s weekly COVID-19 newsletter. Questions can be emailed to covid19@lakecountyil.gov.