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Vaccine Update

April 15, 2021

A patient receives the COVID-19 vaccine at NCH.
NCH has administered more than 35,000 COVID-19 vaccines as of April 15, 2021.

As of this week, we have administered more than 35,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to our community. Thank you to the many team members involved in the vaccine process and efficient vaccine clinic.

NCH is currently vaccinating patients in phase 1A through 1B+

  • Phase 1A Healthcare workers
  • Phase 1B: Patients aged 65 and older
  • Phase 1B+: Patient aged 16 and older with disabilities or underlying conditions who aren’t otherwise covered in previous eligibility categories, in accordance with CDC guidelines

As of Monday, April 12, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced all residents aged 16 and older will be eligible to register and receive vaccine. Important to note, as with previous steps to expand eligibility, this does NOT mean there will be appointments available immediately for everyone in this newly expanded group.

NCH is planning to expand eligibility in alignment with the IDPH guidelines. However, NCH may still prioritize appointment notifications for those identified in the earlier phases (e.g., persons over the age of 65 and those less than 65 with underlying medical conditions) in order to preserve appointments for individuals at the highest risk of exposure and severe health outcomes. Further information will be provided as that process is finalized.

NCH will continue to use NCH MyChart to notify eligible patients when they can schedule their appointment. Appointment availability may vary based on vaccine inventory.

For those who cannot sign up for MyChart, 847-618-0242 has been established for questions about the vaccine. Due to a high volume of calls expected, please be prepared to leave a message.

Remember that an appointment is required for all vaccinations; we do not accept walk-ins. Your safety and health are our number one priority. Please continue to wear your mask, wash your hands frequently and practice social distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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