GET ON THE LIST!

EVERYONE IN ILLINOIS OVER AGE 16 CAN NOW BE ADDED TO THE FHN WAITING LIST!*
Now vaccinating Phases 1A AND 1B Plus

In accordance with guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Illinois is currently vaccinating individuals in Phases 1A and 1B. Those individuals are…

  • Healthcare personnel
  • Residents of a long-term care facility
  • Age 65+
  • Essential worker**
  • Age 16-64 with medical conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19
As soon as registered individuals in these groups have been vaccinated, vaccination appointments will be offered to everyone over age 16. These vaccinations begin April 12; however, it’s fine for anyone over 16 to be added to the list now so they’re sure to be included. Information on Illinois’ vaccination plan may be found here.

Thank you for your patience as we work through the list, which continue to do at an increasing pace. In the meantime, please continue to wash your hands, wear a mask and watch your distance to help us contain the spread of COVID-19!

*Pfizer vaccine is currently the only vaccine approved for those age 16-17; we will only make appointments for this age group when we know we will be receiving the Pfizer vaccine for specific event dates.
**Firefighters, police officers, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, United States Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, those who work in the educational sector (teachers, support staff and daycare workers), higher education staff, government workers, news media, restaurant workers, construction trade workers, and religious leaders.


Add your name to our WAITING LIST for COVID-19 vaccinations.

  • If you need help, ask a trusted friend or family member for assistance.
  • Information requested for identification is used only to confirm age and employment as it relates to groups receiving priority by the state of Illinois due to higher-risk exposure or potential for more serious COVID-19 infection; it is not needed, used, or retained for any other purpose but must be brought with you to your appointment. Photo ID does not have to be a drivers’ license.
  • We will call you to schedule your appointment based on the date you added your name to the list.
    • Please note that the call may show up on your phone as unknown but if it starts with 815-599 it will probably be us. We know that there is spam out there that starts with these numbers too, but if it’s not us you can always hang up.
    • If you don’t want to answer because our number shows up as unknown or you can’t answer when we call, please be sure that you have room in your voicemail for a message. We will leave a message with our call-back number and ask that you call back as quickly as possible so that we can get you scheduled.
    • We will try to call twice, at different times of day, but if we can’t reach you or leave a message, we will put your name at the end of the list and move on to the next name.

Important Reminders

  • Please do not arrive too early for your appointment – 5 minutes ahead of time will be enough and allow us to maintain necessary social distancing. Wear your mask.
  • Please plan to stay for 15 minutes after you've received your vaccination (30 minutes if you have had immediate reactions to vaccinations, such as flu shots, or need to regularly carry an EpiPen).
    • It is very important that you return to the location of your first COVID-19 vaccination shot for your second one. There are different types of vaccines and the second shot for any of them is not the same as the first one; both are needed for best protection against serious disease. If you sign up for vaccination on multiple lists or with multiple organizations, you may receive calls or emails from them about coming in for your vaccinations; wherever you have your first shot, do not go anywhere different for your second shot.
    • The date and time for your second shot will be provided when you receive your first shot.
  • Some people will experience side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine. Please review the information provided about the vaccine you receive and if you experience side effects from either your first or second vaccination, such as body aches or chills, be assured the vaccine did not “give” you COVID-19. Side effects generally go away within 24 hours and are minor compared with the symptoms you might experience if you contracted COVID-19. If you have questions or feel you need help managing any side effects, please call your healthcare provider.

  • Be patient. It will take time to vaccinate everyone.
    • It is fine to be on more than one list for COVID-19 vaccinations.
    • This is not a first-come, first-served process – there are many factors to consider when deciding when to vaccinate groups of people.
    • There is no specific timeline. We will proceed as fast as we can depending on vaccines and other resources as well as the number of people currently eligible for vaccination who need to be vaccinated first. We plan to hold vaccination sessions in Freeport on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays one week and Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays the next, alternating between the two to allow the greatest number of days possible to match patients’ schedules.
    • There is a limited supply of vaccine and resources. We don’t have control over how many or what type of doses (Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson) we receive every week, and the quantity can also change at the last minute; there currently is no national standardized way to distribute the vaccines once they reach the states, and every state, and every county in a state, may have a different process. We know that there are lots of people working on fixing this, but in the meantime, we all need to be as flexible as possible.
    • If for any reason a session of vaccinations has to be canceled due to a shortage of vaccine, we will contact you to set up another appointment at the earliest possible date. If we need to reschedule your appointment due to vaccine availability, we will do so as soon as possible (usually within 1-2 weeks).
    • Please don’t call asking to find out where you are on the list since that’s almost impossible to determine accurately; names are constantly being added and removed since many people have put themselves on other vaccination lists too, such as those for local pharmacies or vaccination events being hosted by their churches or employers. This is perfectly fine – we want everyone to be vaccinated as soon as possible!
    • Both the availability of vaccine and the process for vaccinations may not be the same for other counties or locations.
  • We will get to you as quickly as we can. We want you to be vaccinated as soon as possible!