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March 2, 2021
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 cityhpil.com/vaccine.

News this week:
  • The mass vaccination site at the United Center will begin vaccinations on March 9, 2021. Beginning Thursday, March 4 at 8:30 a.m., Illinois seniors can schedule their first COVID-19 vaccine appointment for this site. Registrations will open for all individuals eligible in Phase 1b+ on March 7 at 4:00 PM. To register online, visit zocdoc.com/vaccine. To register by phone, call (312) 746-4835, 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM Monday - Saturday; 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sunday. Learn more.
  • A third COVID-19 vaccine, produced by Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, has received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), following a careful review of efficacy and safety data by FDA scientists and an independent review panel. Learn more.
  • To combat COVID-19-related fraud, FDA maintains an archive of letters sent to businesses making fraudulent claims regarding the prevention, treatment, mitigation, diagnosis, or cure of COVID-19. FDA has also compiled a slideshow of these fraudulent products to help consumers avoid them.
  • FDA has issued a safety communication regarding the use, accuracy, and limitations of pulse oximeters.
  • The Lake County Health Department invites community organizations and faith centers to consider serving as Community Health Ambassadors.
  • The University of Illinois has received FDA emergency use authorization for its saliva-based test for COVID-19. Learn more.
  • To enhance the equitable allocation of funding, through March 9, 2021, the Small Business Administration (SBA) will accept Paycheck Protection Program applications from small businesses (fewer than 20 employees and sole proprietors). PPP applications will then open to larger businesses.
Recent Questions
When will the Lake County Health Department advance to Phase 1b+?
LCHD has not yet adopted the expansion of Phase 1b due to the limited supply of vaccine. LCHD anticipates advancing to 1b+, which includes people ages 16-64 with high-risk health conditions and disabilities, when vaccine supply exceeds demand in the current phase, or when 60-70% of people within the current phase are vaccinated. Learn more.

Will I be able to choose whether to get a two-dose vaccine or a single-dose vaccine?
This will likely depend on the vaccine provider. Some companies, such as Jewel-Osco, have already updated their online registration systems to accommodate appointments for the one-dose vaccine and two-dose vaccines. Please read the materials thoroughly as you search for appointments as the selection options may have already changed. It's a good idea to discuss this and any other questions you might have with your medical provider.

If I am a trained medical professional, how can I help distribute vaccines?
Please reach out to the Lake County Health Department to learn more about volunteering with mass vaccination efforts as part of the Lake County Medical Reserve Corps. Learn more and apply.

Where can I find authoritative information about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines?
Information about vaccine safety is regularly updated by the CDC.

Where can I find COVID-19 information for seniors?
The CDC provides information targeted to seniors and caregivers.
Update from Highland Park Hospital
NorthShore encourages community members to follow best safety practices for COVID-19 prevention. To help minimize confusion on whether to wear one mask or two, NorthShore directs community members to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website which provides an excellent overview on proper mask usage in public settings, gatherings, and events.

The quality of the mask and how the mask fits are the most important factors to consider for protecting yourself and others against exposure to airborne infections, including COVID-19. 

CDC guidelines recommend choosing masks that:
  • Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric
  • Completely cover the nose and mouth
  • Fit snugly against the sides of your face without gaps
  • Have a nose wire to help prevent air from leaking out of the top near the nose

Masks should also be washed regularly. If your preferred mask does not meet all of the recommendations above, then the use of two masks will provide more protection. Proper mask fit in addition to social distancing of 6 feet and frequent hand washing further protects everyone from the risk of exposure to the virus.

For the most up-to-date information, visit NorthShore.org.

The City greatly appreciates the partnership of NorthShore University HealthSystem in providing these regular updates for our eNews.
COVID-19 Testing in Highland Park
Convenient COVID-19 testing is coming to Highland Park in March. Testing will be available at the downtown Highland Park Metra Station (1700 St. Johns Ave.) from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM on the following dates:
  • March 2
  • March 9
  • March 19
  • March 6
  • March 13
Learn more at cityhpil.com/testing.

About COVID-19 testing:
  • Testing is provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Learn more at dph.illinois.gov/testing.
  • Drive-through and walk-up testing will be available.
  • Simple nasal swabs will be used.
  • Anyone can get tested! You don’t have to have symptoms or be sick.
  • You will be called with results within 4-7 days.

COVID-19 testing is an important way to identify and track the spread of variants. Learn more.
CDC V-Safe Health Checker
The CDC's V-safe smartphone app uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The V-safe app allows you to report any side effects that may occur and will remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one. Learn more.
Sourcing:

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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