COVID-19 Vaccines

Last updated: May 5, 2021

Northwestern Medicine patients 16 and older may now schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. You do not need an invitation to schedule an appointment. Northwestern Medicine patients can self-schedule by signing into their MyNM account. If you do not have a MyNM account, you can establish one at nm.org/mynm. Vaccination appointments can also be scheduled by calling 312.694.6600.

244,282
Total COVID-19 vaccine doses administered at Northwestern Medicine
Last updated May 5, 2021, at 10 am.

Scheduling Your Vaccine with Northwestern Medicine

Please do not call your physician’s office for vaccine-related appointments. Vaccination appointments are only available at Northwestern Medicine hospitals.

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Scheduling 1st Dose

Northwestern Medicine patients 16 and older* may schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

  • You can schedule by signing into your MyNM account.

  • If you do not have a MyNM account, sign up for one at nm.org/mynm.

  • Call 312.694.6600 to schedule.
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Scheduling 2nd Dose

Your second dose will be scheduled when you receive your first dose.

  • The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine requires a second dose after 21 days.

  • The Moderna vaccine requires a second dose after 28 days.

* Patients under the age of 18 will need a parent or legal guardian to accompany them to both vaccination appointments.

Accessibility Resources

Northwestern Medicine is committed to providing an inclusive environment for all. To support patients with disabilities, the following resources are available at our vaccination sites:

  • Wheelchairs are available at the main entry areas of the hospital campus for your use. Our staff can also provide assistance upon request at arrival, such as sighted guide or wheelchair assist.
  • To support effective communication, there are video remote interpreter devices, ClearMasks, sound amplifiers, magnifiers, large print materials, and writing tools available upon request at the check-in area.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ


Where Can I Find a Record of My COVID-19 Vaccine?

If you have a MyNM account, a copy of your vaccine information will be sent to your account following your appointment. You can also find the digital and printable vaccination record via MyNM:

  • Log into MyNM at nm.org/mynm.
  • Go to the Health tab.
  • Click on Immunizations.
  • Your COVID-19 vaccination record is listed as SARS-CoV-2.

To sign up for a MyNM account, go to nm.org/mynm. If you cannot access MyNM, you can ask for a copy of your vaccine record to be sent to you via secure email or U.S. mail. To do this, contact the Northwestern Medicine Health Information Management Department at 877.9.RECORD (877.973.2673); TTY: 711 or releaseofinformation@nm.org.

Your Northwestern Medicine COVID-19 vaccination record contains the same key documentation that is included on a COVID-19 vaccination record card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Medical record number
  • Vaccine manufacturer, lot number and date
  • Organization that administered your vaccine
    • Note: Northwestern Memorial HealthCare may be abbreviated as “NMHC”
  • Patients will receive a CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card at their vaccine appointment.
  • If you received your final COVID-19 vaccine dose prior to April 12, you can request a CDC card be mailed to your home using the methods below. Please note that duplicate CDC cards are not available due to limited supply.

To request a CDC card through MyNM:

  • Log into MyNM at nm.org/mynm.
  • Go to the Health tab.
  • Click on COVID-19 Resource center.
  • Click on COVID-19 Information.
  • Click on COVID-19 Vaccination Records.
  • Click on Request a CDC vaccination record card.

To request a CDC card via email, send a message to releaseofinformation@nm.org.

  • Be sure to include your name, date of birth and mailing address.
  • In your request, specify that you are looking to obtain a CDC card, not a copy of your Northwestern Medicine vaccination record.

To request a CDC card via phone, call 877.9.RECORD (877.973.2673); TTY:711.

Please allow up to three weeks for your CDC vaccination card to be mailed.

Scheduling Your Vaccine Appointment

If you are in Cook County, you can subscribe to vaccination updates here. Outside of Cook County, you can find a full list of available vaccination clinics in Illinois through the state’s COVID-19 site.

You will not be able to reschedule the appointment online. If you need to reschedule, please call 312.694.6600 (TTY: 711).

If you have questions about scheduling your COVID-19 vaccine appointment once you’ve received an invitation, please call the COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 312.694.6600 (TTY: 711).

Upon scheduling, you will see a list of available vaccine clinic locations. Once you select a location, you will be provided with instructions on where to go for your appointment. Please note that vaccine clinics are only held at Northwestern Medicine hospitals and available appointments may be located at a hospital that is not in your community.

Please do not call your physician’s office as they will not be able to schedule you for an appointment.

Northwestern Medicine does not allow any walk-in vaccine appointments. Northwestern Medicine patients should schedule an appointment through their MyNM account or by calling 312.694.6600.

Evidence suggests that your body will have a natural immunity in the short term, and the likelihood of reinfection is very low. You may defer vaccination for 90 days post infection or you may choose to get vaccinated. In order to make your vaccine appointment you must not have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days and be cleared from the isolation period. Also note that if your COVID-19 diagnosis is recent, you may experience more intense side effects.

At Your Vaccine Appointment 

If you make your appointment through MyNM, you will find your appointment details there. If you call to schedule an appointment, you will receive appointment details in an email confirmation after scheduling.

No. Northwestern Medicine currently offers the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. We cannot control how many doses of each vaccine we receive, so your vaccine type will depend on what is available on the day you come for your appointment. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require two doses. Your second dose will be the same vaccine as your first.

Yes, please bring an ID and your insurance card. There will be no out-of-pocket cost to be vaccinated.

Please wear a short-sleeved shirt or clothing that provides easy access to the upper arm.

Second Dose Information 

We will schedule your second appointment when you receive your first dose.

Please note, Northwestern Medicine is unable to offer appointments for those seeking only a second dose after receiving their first dose at another provider.

Please contact the number that was provided in your invitation to schedule your second dose.

The vaccine supply from the CDC and local health departments is based on the number of people who need the second dose of the vaccine. Please make every effort to keep your scheduled appointment. If you cannot, please call the number that was provided in your invitation to discuss your options.

The second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should be given as close to the recommended date as possible. However, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, if you must delay your second appointment, the second dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be given up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. If you need to change the date of your second appointment, please call 312.694.6600.

No. We ask that all patients ensure they can go to the same location for both doses when scheduling their first appointment. This is because we cannot guarantee that the same type of vaccine you received for your first dose will be available at another location.

Yes. You will need to complete your 10-day quarantine period before you receive the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. If you need to reschedule your appointment, please call 312.694.6600.