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March 19, 2021
Highland Park Stands Against Hate
The City of Highland Park condemns all acts of violence, especially those motivated by hate. We are deeply saddened by the attack against the Asian-American community in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this week. The deadliest mass shooting in over a year, this attack was a violent expression of increasingly hateful threats and rhetoric against Asian-Americans over the past year. 
We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones in mourning and share in the grief of Asian-Americans across the country.
The City's Statement Against Hate reminds each of us that it's equally important to promote diversity and inclusion and to speak out against hate in all its forms. As a City, we are committed to continuing to build a culture of inclusivity that affirms and celebrates the richness of our community's diversity. 
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
As you begin to hear more about COVID-19 vaccinations and availability, please keep in mind that demand far exceeds supply. The City will continue to keep you updated on the vaccine rollout in Lake County in eNews and at

News this week:
  • The State of Illinois has launched a Vaccine Call Center to assist those without internet access or who have difficulty navigating the web in making vaccine appointments. Call 833.621.1284, 6:00 AM - midnight, daily. Learn more.
  • The Lake County Health Department's AllVax call center, available at 847.377.8130, is currently collecting information on homebound seniors and others who may need additional assistance.
  • Volunteers are needed to staff LCHD's AllVax Call Center senior hours. Learn more.
  • The CDC has issued updated guidance for schools and childcare programs. Learn more.
  • The CDC has updated its fact sheet for older adults.
  • Learn more about the new Bridge Phase to the Restore Illinois Plan.
Update from Highland Park Hospital
With spring break just around the corner, a negative COVID-19 test may be required for many community members prior to returning to school or work. Fortunately, COVID-19 PCR testing is more readily available today as compared to early on in the pandemic. 

NorthShore Immediate Care Centers now have the capability to provide same-day COVID-19 testing to anyone who is asymptomatic, experiencing symptoms, or has been exposed to COVID-19. Test results are available in as little as one hour. Those interested in testing can either walk-in or call their nearest NorthShore Immediate Care Center. It is recommended that you check with your insurance provider regarding coverage for the COVID-19 PCR test.

For the most up-to-date COVID-19 and vaccine information, visit

The City appreciates the partnership of NorthShore Highland Park Hospital in providing these biweekly updates for our eNews.
Recent Questions
Are there plans for a vaccination clinic in southern Lake County?
Yes. The Lake County Health Department has coordinated a new vaccination site in Deerfield. Residents of Highland Park and other Lake County communities will be able to schedule appointments at this site once they become available. The new vaccination site will be administered through a public-private partnership between LCHD and Doctors Test Centers. Eligibility will be determined according to LCHD guidelines. Learn more.

The City will share information about this new vaccination site via social media, eNews, and our website at

What should I do if I've been fully vaccinated?
According to the CDC, adults are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If you've been fully vaccinated, please continue to:

If I haven't received my stimulus check from the IRS, what should I do?
First, check with the IRS for the status of your payment. If you still have questions, contact Representative Schneider's office at 847.383.4870.

Do I need to contact the Lake County Health Department if I receive a vaccine at a local pharmacy, not through AllVax?
No. If you've been vaccinated in Illinois, the statewide system will update accordingly. This system is integrated with AllVax.
Vaccine Eligibility Expanded
The State of Illinois has expanded vaccine eligibility to include several new groups of vulnerable populations:

March 22: Higher education staff, government workers, and media
March 29: Restaurant workers, construction trade workers, and religious leaders
April 12: All residents age 16 years and older

Please note that demand continues to far exceed vaccine supply. However, the Illinois Department of Public Health anticipates significant increases in weekly vaccine allocations in April.

Read more about COVID-19 vaccine eligibility. To find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you, visit the website for vaccination locations. Individuals who do not have access to online services or need assistance navigating online services to make an appointment can call the Vaccine Appointment Call Center at 833-621-1284.
Travel Reminders
The CDC and the Lake County Health Department continue to discourage non-essential travel at this time. Travel increases your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. If you must travel, the CDC has issued the following recommendations:
  • If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Before you travel, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you.
  • Get tested 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.


The City of Highland Park does not have its own health department. The information in this email is derived from the Lake County Health Department, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Questions pertaining to the distribution, scheduling, or administration of the vaccine should be directed to the Lake County Health Department. The City does not schedule appointments for or administer COVID-19 vaccines.
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