COVID-19 Vaccines

Last updated: April 14, 2021

COVID-19 vaccination appointments are now available at Northwestern Medicine hospitals. If you have received an invitation for a vaccination appointment from Northwestern Medicine, please see the Scheduling Your Vaccine section below for scheduling instructions.

Our Role in Helping Vaccinate Illinois Residents

COVID-19 Vaccines by the Numbers

Patients and employees fully vaccinated at Northwestern Medicine

79,345

Patients who have received an invitation to be vaccinated at Northwestern Medicine

431,883

First doses supplied to Northwestern Medicine this week*

9,710

*Last updated April 13, 2021. These numbers will be updated each Tuesday by 9 am.

Vaccine Appointment Availability at Northwestern Medicine

COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments are now available at Northwestern Medicine Hospitals. To schedule an appointment, you must have received an invitation by phone, text, or email. Northwestern Medicine has invited all established patients 65 and older as well as established patients 16 and older who have at least one high-risk medical condition to schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination. High-risk medical conditions are defined by the Illinois Department of Public Health under the Priority 1b population description.

Eligibility in Illinois

All Illinois residents 16 and older are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination. If you have not received an invitation from Northwestern Medicine, you can find a vaccination location below.

Vaccine Locations in Illinois

Due to limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine, please schedule an appointment at any available site when you are eligible. The following sites offer vaccination locations in Illinois.

Government locations: City of Chicago, Cook County, DeKalb County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, McHenry County, State of Illinois, Will County

Retailers and other public locations: CVS, Hy-Vee, Jewel-Osco, Kroger, Mariano’s, Meijer, United Center, Walgreens, Walmart

Vaccine Types Offered at Northwestern Medicine

Depending on availability, Northwestern Medicine is offering the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Special note regarding the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration have recommended a pause in using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Northwestern Medicine has not given any of this vaccine to date in our vaccine clinics.

Scheduling Your Vaccine with Northwestern Medicine

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

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Notification

Patients will be contacted when they are eligible by:

  • Email if they have a MyNM account. If they do not have an account, one may be established here.

  • Phone, text message or email in the same way they receive appointment reminders.
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Scheduling 1st Dose

When you are contacted, you will receive further instructions regarding scheduling online.

  • You can schedule via your MyNM account.

  • If you do not have a MyNM account, your invitation will include an access code and a link to a website to use for scheduling.
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Scheduling 2nd Dose

If you need a second dose, it 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.
  • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine does not require a second dose.

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


Who is Northwestern Medicine Vaccinating and When?

Northwestern Medicine is inviting established patients in phases to ensure we can accommodate all patients in a timely and efficient manner.

Patients will be contacted through their preferred communication method: email, text message and/or phone call. You can update your contact information and preferences through the MyNM patient portal at nm.org/mynm. To create a MyNM account, please click here.

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

For the purposes of this phase of the vaccination program, a patient is considered established if they have a Northwestern Medicine primary care physician or regularly see a Northwestern Medicine specialist. The patient must have had an in-person or telehealth visit with their physician within the past 18 months.

If you have only been to an Immediate Care Center or Emergency Department, you are not considered established at this time.

No, there is not a list to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine from Northwestern Medicine. All established Northwestern Medicine patients who meet current state and local guidelines for a vaccine will be invited to schedule an appointment for vaccination. Once you receive an invitation, you can choose whether to schedule an appointment.

Front-line essential workers are encouraged to schedule an appointment at any available vaccination site when they are eligible. A comprehensive list of Illinois vaccination locations can be found here.

We are following specific criteria for scheduling established Northwestern Medicine patients based on available vaccine doses. If your spouse or family member meets that criteria, they will receive a separate invitation to schedule. Your invitation is only for you.

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.

Northwestern Medicine continues to invite and prioritize established patients based on age and those living in high-hardship ZIP codes that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. High-hardship ZIP codes are defined by a variety of indicators and conditions, including unemployment, poverty, per capita income, housing, education and the dependency and care of a child younger than 18 or adult older than 64.

Patients who regularly see a physician who is part of the Northwestern Medicine Physician Network (NMPN) are eligible to be invited for a COVID-19 vaccination.

Scheduling Your Vaccine Appointment After You Have Been Invited 

Appointments are shown in real time based on vaccine availability. We encourage you to check back often, or you may choose to schedule an appointment at one of the Illinois vaccination locations listed at the top of this page.

Vaccine appointments are based on availability and will not be made available more than 14 days in advance.

Vaccine invitations do not expire. Even if vaccine appointments are not currently available or if you need to delay making your appointment, you will still be able to schedule an appointment when one is available that works for you.

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. Only patients with appointments will be given a vaccine dose. If you have not received a vaccine invitation from Northwestern Medicine but are eligible to be vaccinated under the current Illinois phase, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at a designated vaccination site established by public health officials. A complete list is at the top of this page.

At Your Vaccine Appointment 

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 an electronic vaccine record. To do this, fill out the Authorization for Release of Medical Information form (English | Spanish) and contact the Northwestern Medicine Health Information Management Department at 877.9.RECORD (877.973.2673) or releaseofinformation@nm.org.

If you make your appointment through MyNM, you will find your appointment details there. If you do not have a MyNM account, you will receive an email confirmation with the appointment details 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 the hotline number that was provided in your invitation.