Disease Prevention and Vaccine Information

Vaccine Information

One-Time COVID-19 Vaccination Site for Niles Seniors 3/4/2021: FULLY BOOKED

The Village of Niles is hosting a one-time Covid-19 vaccination site, provided by Jewel-Osco, for Niles seniors only on Thursday, March 4. Follow-up second doses are taking place for these individuals on March 25. All appointments are fully booked at this time. Registration for appointments took place by phone on Monday, March 1. The number of vaccines and appointments available was extremely limited, and we experienced a high volume of calls. This one-time vaccination opportunity was only open to Niles residents age 65 and older.

No further appointments are available. Please do not contact Village facilities attempting to make new appointments at this time. We recognize and apologize for the frustration that this limited number of vaccines causes.

Vaccination Site Frequently Asked Questions FAQ (PDF)

General Vaccine Information

The Cook County Department of Public Health has announced further details about Covid-19 vaccination, including an online portal and telephone hotline. The Cook County Health website to sign up for vaccine updates and information about scheduling an appointment is vaccine.cookcountyil.gov. The telephone hotline is (833) 308-1988. The call center is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.

The State is now in vaccination Phase 1b, which includes all individuals age 65 and older, as well as several specific groups of essential workers. Please be aware that demand for the vaccine greatly outweighs the available supply, and it will take weeks to schedule everyone eligible in Phase 1b.  Your patience is appreciated.

Please note, the COVID-19 vaccination process is led by the Cook County Department of Public Health. The Village of Niles government and the Niles Senior Center CANNOT administer COVID-19 vaccines outside of the one-day vaccine site described at the top of this page.

Independent of the County vaccine portal and hotline, the following retail pharmacies also offer vaccinations and may or may not have additional appointment availability:

Assistance for Individuals 65 and Over

The Village of Niles and the Niles Senior Center are working with the senior community to ensure individuals are able to register for COVID-19 vaccination. Individuals age 65 and older who are unable to register for the vaccination system over the phone and feel uncomfortable navigating the internet are invited to contact the Niles Senior Center at 847-588-8420 for assistance Monday-Friday between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. Additionally, Niles Senior Center staff members are proactively making phone calls to known members without internet to make sure they are able to successfully navigate the registration process. If you are unable to register for this vaccination system over the phone and feel uncomfortable navigating the internet, you may also consider safely reaching out to a family member, close friend, or trusted neighbor who can help you navigate these online resources.

Vaccinations require an appointment. You might receive your vaccine through Cook County; through a healthcare provider; through select pharmacy locations; or through your employer. Again, the COVID-19 vaccination effort is led by the Cook County Department of Public Health. The Village of Niles government and the Niles Senior Center CANNOT administer COVID-19 vaccines.

When you register with the County, appointments might not currently be available, but the system will notify you once more appointments are available. Remember it may take weeks for eligible individuals to make an appointment.  If you are not yet eligible in phase 1b, you can still register in the system to receive information updates. Again, the phone number is (833) 308-1988. The website is vaccine.cookcountyil.gov. The Village has also gathered online links to information resources, which can be found at www.vniles.com/covid19.

The following are authoritative resources for further information about COVID-19 vaccination:

If you have further questions about COVID-19 vaccination, please contact your doctor or healthcare provider.

COVID-19 Testing

IDPH - COVID-19 Testing Site Information

Coronavirus Information Links

For current, authoritative information on the novel Coronavirus, visit the following web sites:

Centers for Disease Control 

Official State of Illinois Coronavirus Page

Illinois Department of Health

Cook County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Website

Confirmed COVID Cases

According to the Cook County Department of Public Health, as of January 22, 2021, there have been 3259 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Niles, with 203 COVID-related deaths reported. 

The Cook County Department of Public Health and the Cook County Medical Examiner maintain records regarding the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths, respectively. The Village of Niles does not receive information on overall COVID-19 cases directly, but Village employees will periodically check for updates to include on this page.

To view up-to-date numbers for cases in Niles, please visit the Cook County Department of Public Health’s "COVID-19 Surveillance Data" page, click on "Map," and select "Cumulative Count." To view up-to-date numbers for COVID-related deaths in Niles, please visit the Cook County Medical Examiner's COVID-19 Related Deaths page and select Niles under "Residence City."

Health Tips - Protect Yourself and Your Community

The Village of Niles encourages everyone to take common-sense precautions to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes covering coughs, washing your hands frequently (and for at least 20 seconds), and maintaining social distancing. It is critical to maintain social distancing, even outdoors.

Wearing cloth face coverings is required, in order to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others, especially in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g. grocery stores and pharmacies). Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 (website)

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