Vaccine info & resources

Things to know:

  • Register for the vaccine and look for available appointments here.
  • McHenry County residents who are 12 and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine at MCDH clinics. A parent or guardian must accompany the minor to the first and second dose appointment and sign a consent form during both visits. Additionally, minors must present proof of birth date at the time of their appointment. Pfizer has been approved to be administered to people who are 16 and older. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are approved for use by adults who are 18 and older
  • MCDH is now accepting walk-in appointments. Walk-in appointments will be subject to vaccine supplies at all MCDH mass vaccination clinics. Scheduling an appointment in advance is still encouraged to avoid being turned away from a clinic that has reached supply capacity. Those who choose to schedule an appointment in advance can do so by completing a questionnaire and searching for open times on the COVID-19 Vaccine Registration form.
  • The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) has a call center for questions regarding the vaccine. Residents can call between 8 am-4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, at 815-334-4045. Getting a vaccination appointment can be difficult for those with technology, language, or physical barriers. If you need additional assistance to register for the vaccine or know someone who might need help, please call the MCDH COVID-19 Call Center at (815) 334-4045 or the Illinois Department of Public Health’s call center at (833) 621-1284. McHenry County residents who need assistance with transportation can call the MCDH COVID-19 Call Center to be connected to transportation services.

Before you’re vaccinated:
Key Things to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine (from the Centers for Disease Control [CDC])
What to Expect at Your Appointment to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19 (from the CDC)
Can I Take Painkillers Before or After a COVID-19 Vaccine (from the Associated Press)
Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Vaccination (from the CDC)

After you’re vaccinated:
What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine (from the CDC)
5 Reasons to Wear a Face Mask Even After You’re Vaccinated (from Kaiser Health News)
Don’t Share Your COVID-19 Vaccine Card on Social Media (from the Better Business Bureau)