Disease Prevention and Vaccine Information
Note: The Village of Niles hosted a one-time vaccination site for Niles seniors (residents only, age 65+ only) in March 2021, provided by Jewel-Osco. Appointments were made by phone only. The Village thanks its partners, volunteers, and participants for a successful event, bringing protection to 1000 members of our community. No such future events are planned at this time.
Note: A vaccination opportunity from Cook County for residents of Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Northfield, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Wilmette and Winnetka was made available via online registration for April 22. All spots have been filled for this event.
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.
As of Monday, April 12, everyone over the age of 16 in Suburban Cook County is eligible to receive one of the three vaccines against COVID-19. The vaccine is free of charge and insurance is not required. Please note that supplies are still limited so it might take a while to get an appointment but supplies are increasing quickly.
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:
- Walgreen's is providing vaccines at 92 sites across the state. Eligible residents can schedule an appointment with Walgreen's.
- Jewel-Osco is providing vaccines at 92 sites. Eligible residents can schedule an appointment with Jewel-Osco (Albertson's).
- Additional pharmacy partners are expected to open registration for appointments.
Assistance for Homebound Individuals
Cook County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Partners are providing in-home COVID-19 vaccinations for suburban Cook County residents who are unable to leave home due to age, disability, or medical impairment.
To be eligible for this program:
- You must live in in the Jurisdiction of CCDPH (all suburban Cook County except for Chicago, Skokie, Evanston, Oak Park, and Stickney). AND:
- Be a senior OR a person with a disability who requires in-home assistance. OR:
- Have to use adaptive equipment (like a ventilator, crutches, a walker, a wheelchair, etc.) and/or accessible transportation to leave home. AND:
- Leaving home is not an option for you because doing so requires considerable and taxing effort.
If you or someone you know fits the criteria, you can sign-up by calling the Vaccine Sign-Up Hotline: 833-308-1988 Monday-Friday 7:00 A.M.-10:00 P.M. and Saturday 8:00 A.M.-10:00 P.M.
After sign-up, you will receive a confirmation email or phone call from one of the Cook County Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Partners to schedule your in-home vaccination when the vaccine is available to you. Please be patient as the County responds to a large number of requests.
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. 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:
- Cook County Department of Public Health: https://cookcountypublichealth.org/communicable-diseases/covid-19/covid-vaccine/
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html
- Illinois Department of Public health: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccination-plan
If you have further questions about COVID-19 vaccination, please contact your doctor or healthcare provider.
Coronavirus Information Links
For current, authoritative information on the novel Coronavirus, visit the following web sites:
Confirmed COVID Cases
According to the Cook County Department of Public Health, as of April 14, 2021, there have been 3819 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Niles, with 220 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.
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For the latest updates from the Village of Niles, residents should visit the Village website at www.vniles.com and sign up for emergency alerts and the e-newsletter at www.vniles.com/alert.