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November 5, 2021  |  View as a webpage  |  Translate

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Aged 5-11

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On Tuesday, November 2, the CDC endorsed the FDA’s authorization for emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 years old. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is safe and effective for this age group and was found to be 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19. Children in this age group will receive two doses, given at least three weeks apart. The dose they will receive is one-third of the dose (10 micrograms) that is given to those ages 12 and up (30 micrograms). Additionally, smaller needles will be used.  

Children may experience some side effects. Side effects are normal and a sign that the body is building protection.  If you don’t experience side effects, that does not mean that the vaccine is not working. Everyone responds differently. If side effects do occur, they should go away within a few days. More information can be found on the CDC page COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens.  

We appreciate the community’s patience as pediatric vaccine begins to rollout throughout the community. It may take time for some locations to offer vaccines to this new age group. We anticipate more availability in the coming weeks. It is highly recommended to schedule your child’s COVID-19 vaccine appointment ahead of time rather than walking into a location administering vaccinations to children. There is a high demand for this age group. To ensure your child gets vaccinated at a time that is convenient for you, we recommend scheduling an appointment at your preferred location.  

Take the following steps to get your child vaccinated: 

  • Contact your child’s pediatrician or your family doctor. 
  • Check with your local pharmacy. 
  • Look for communication from your child’s school about upcoming vaccination clinics. 
  • Register on AllVax so that you will be notified when you can schedule an appointment through the Lake County Health Department. Limited appointments will be available at our Grand Avenue Health Center and Midlakes Health Center. 
  • Visit to find a provider near you that may have pediatric vaccines available.  

Read the full statements from the FDA and CDC for more information about the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5-11.  

Mobile Vaccination Sites

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Mobile vaccination sites are located throughout Lake County. Locations and hours are posted weekly on our Facebook and Instagrampage. You can register in advance at or walk-in during the hours listed. These sites will soon offer vaccinations to children aged 5-11 year old. We will keep our community updated as more information becomes available. 

Open Enrollment For Health Insurance

Keep yourself and your family healthy in 2022. Open enrollment began on Monday, November 1, 2021 and will run through Saturday, January 15, 2022. Below is a list of important dates to consider if enrolling in health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace,  

December 15, 2021: Last day to enroll in or change plans for 2022 coverage that starts January 1, 2022. 

January 1, 2022: 2022 coverage starts, if you've enrolled by December 15, 2021 and paid your first premium. 

January 15, 2022: Last day to enroll in or change plans for 2022 coverage. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. 

February 1, 2022: 2022 coverage starts if you enrolled by January 15, 2022 and you've paid your first premium. 

Visit for more information about getting coverage.  

If you do not have a health care provider and are interested in receiving services from the Lake County Health Department, call 847-377-8000 to learn more. 

Lake County COVID-19 Data

  • As of November 5, 2021, over 906,800 vaccine doses have been administered to Lake County residents and 419,319 residents (59.83% of the population) have been fully vaccinated.
  • Over 92.7% of Lake County seniors ages 65 and older and 72.4% of those age 18-64 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The county is averaging 3,081 doses administered per day on a 7-day rolling average.
  • As of November 4, 2021, 73,525 Lake County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, including 1,100 deaths.

View the Lake County, IL Coronavirus Data Hub 

COVID-19 Testing

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has it, getting tested can help you know what steps to take to keep your loved ones safe. 

Where can I get tested?   

Contact your doctor to ask about testing availability, or check the Lake County Testing Site Locator for options.   

State-run Community-Based Testing Sites located in Waukegan (102 W. Water St.), Arlington Heights (823 Wilke Rd.), and Rockford (1321 Sandy Hollow Rd.)  are open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Testing is free and open to all regardless of symptoms. These sites have drive-through testing, as well as walk-up testing for those who do not have a vehicle or need to use public transportation. Please note, you are not permitted to exit your car to use the walk-up line once you arrive. 

Know Before You Go 

A phone number and name are required in order to receive testing results. Photo identification and proof of insurance are helpful, but not required. High demand for testing may result in long wait times. Testing locations may close early due to inclement weather or if daily testing supplies are exhausted. Additional COVID-19 testing locations and information can be found at the 

A magnified image of the coronavirus"Register for the COVID-19 Vaccine" Lake County Health Department
Hotline: 847-377-8130

"COVID-19" video on the different vaccines (click here)

Waukegan: Seniors 65+ who reside within a 10 mile radius of Oak Street Health Clinic can now make vaccination appointments.
Location: Oak Street Health Clinic, 3210 Grand Avenue, Waukegan, IL 60085

Dates: Open now
Registration: Call 847-244-9242 with your name, address, phone number, and date of birth to make an appointment.

Cook County County:
Hotline: 833-308-1988 (answered M-F 7am – 7pm)

Register for a vaccine appointment with a pharmacy:

Please also reach out to your hospital health system to inquire about their vaccination appointment process.

Veterans: If you are a veteran and receive your medical care from the VA, register here:

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​COVID-19 Testing Sites

Before visiting a testing site, sign up here: 

Waukegan Community-Based Testing Site

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2323 Grand Ave.
Waukegan, IL 60085
Hours:10:00am - 7:00pm, 8:30am - 5:30pm, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Days of Operation: Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday/Friday, Saturday/Sunday
Requirements: Appointment required. Must be a current Erie patient . As of 5/1 testing high risk patients including: 1) Pregnant patients with a scheduled induction or c-section; 2) symptomatic pregnant Erie patients; 3) High risk symptomatic Erie patients- risk factors include age, BMI over 50, diabetes, chronic hypertension, chronic kidney disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, or immunosuppression; 4) Symptomatic or exposed Erie patients who are health care workers, first responders, work in congregate settings, essential workers per IDPH guideline
COVID Hotline:312-666-3494 

Vista Health System
1324 N. Sheridan Rd    
Waukegan, IL 60085
Hours:24 hours
Days of Operation:Daily
Requirements:Requires an emergency department visit.

More testing sites (click here)

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