UPDATED: Your Community Needs You: Expanding Vaccine Capacity in Lake County

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COVID-19 Healthcare Providers Alert

*Note: Some links and contact information have been updated since our original communication on January 13, 2021. Updated information is marked with an asterisk.

January 20, 2021

Outpatient Providers: 

In an effort to reduce the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and create immunity to COVID-19 within our population, the Lake County Health Department is working with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to distribute vaccines within our community as quickly and safely as possible.   

COVID-19 vaccines are purchased by the federal government and disseminated to state and local health departments for distribution. The order in which people may receive the vaccine is based on criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).    

The Health Department will be providing some vaccination services. Additionally, the Health Department will partner with some outside clinics and entities to provide more vaccination opportunities for those that live and/or work in Lake County. Will you be a partner? 

What are the first steps for my practice to provide COVID-19 vaccines?


All providers interested in administering the COVID-19 vaccine must sign up for I-CARE. We recommend reviewing the requirements prior to enrolling in I-CARE. 

Enrollment Steps

Enroll in I-CARE. All COVID-19 vaccine providers must establish an account for each site/location where they will vaccinate 

  • Complete the Online Application for IDPH web portal access (Click 'Register for a Portal Account' at the top-right corner of the page).* 
  • Establish your Portal Registration Authority (PRA) and complete the Provider Enrollment Form for each site/location.*
  • Please submit your applications as soon as possible. I-CARE access takes 4 weeks or more. To check on the status of your application, email dph.immunizations@illinois.gov.*  

Sign and Submit the IDPH Vaccine Provider Agreement AND the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement in I-CARE. 

  • COVID-19 vaccine products will be available only to organizations that sign and agree to the conditions of the IDPH and CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreements.* 
  • The CDC agreement will be available to you once your I-CARE account is created. Complete and upload both agreements into I-CARE.  

After the IDPH has completed your enrollment into I-CARE, you will receive a COVID-19 provider PIN, at which time you will be eligible to receive available vaccines from the Lake County Health Department. 

If you have questions, please contact Noor AlHayani at NAlhayani@lakecountyil.gov and Claire Simon at CSimon3@lakecountyil.gov.* 

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