The safety of our Les Turner ALS family, especially those living with ALS, is our top priority through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vaccination Information & Resources
Should I Get Vaccinated?
Our Lois Insolia ALS Clinic at Northwestern Medicine recommends all people living with ALS and their caregivers receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have any questions, please consult your physician.
How and Where to Get Vaccinated
Together with other advocates, the Les Turner ALS Foundation and the Les Turner Center at Northwestern Medicine have been advocating at the county, state and national level to expedite the availability of COVID-19 vaccines for people living with ALS. Allocation of the vaccine is being done in phases as determined by protocols outlined by state officials at the Illinois Department of Public Health and federal officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Latest News: March 9 - In-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations The City of Chicago is working to integrate mobile home health care vaccination services to reach home-bound individuals who are unable to go to the City’s COVID-19 vaccination sites to get the vaccine. Click here to see if you are eligible and to fill out a registration form.
March 3 - The Biden administration announced last week that Chicago's United Center will soon open as a mass vaccination center with the capacity to administer 6,000 shots per day. The site is expected to be up and running by March 10. At first the site will be open only to seniors, and then later open to any eligible Illinois residents. Illinois residents 65+ will be able to sign up beginning March 4 at Zocdoc.com/vaccine.
March 2 - Chicago residents with at-risk medical conditions, including ALS, will be eligible for vaccinations in phase 1c in Chicago, which is scheduled to being on March 29. Click here for more details.
On February 11, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that his administration is making plans to expand COVID-19 Phase 1B vaccination eligibility on February 25 to people who have comorbidities and underlying conditions as defined by the CDC, including those living with ALS.
Please note that the City of Chicago along with the rest of Cook County, however, will not yet join the rest of the State of Illinois in expanding Phase 1B eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine, due to limited vaccine supply. Read more from our blog post by clicking here.
Caregivers for those living with ALS (including Chicago and Cook County) can already register for vaccinations under Phase 1A.
On January 6, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced that the state was lowering the age to 65 of those eligible to get vaccinated in Phase 1B.
What Can You Do Now?
We encourage you to learn more about vaccine distribution in your local area and to sign-up for any notifications systems or updates for your local county health department. Where applicable, we suggest you state that you are living with ALS, or are a caregiver for someone living with ALS.
(Note that Cook County Health Department does not include: Chicago, Evanston, Skokie, Stickney and Oak Park, who have their own state-certified health departments)
- Chicago Department of Public Health
- Chicago COVID-19 Vaccination Finder
- Evanston Health and Human Services Department and COVID-19 Vaccination Interest Form
- Skokie Department of Health and Human Services
- Stickney Township Public Health District
- Oak Park Department of Public Health
Please note that during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic all Les Turner ALS Foundation support service coordinator visits and programs, and all support groups are being conducted virtually. We have expanded our online education offerings to provide additional information and resources for individuals and families.
As always, we will remain a phone call away and will continue to provide personalized support services via teleconference and phone calls to ensure people living with ALS and their families continue to receive all the help they need. We will provide an update when we are able to resume in-person home visits and support groups.
Vaccine Resources for the ALS Community:
- Vaccine Information for Veterans: Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
- Illinois Department of Human Service "Home Health" & "Home Aid/Caregiver" Letter
- MDA COVID-19 Resource Center
- ALS Association’s Information About COVID-19 Vaccines for People with ALS
- IL Department of Health Frequently Asked Questions COVID-19 Vaccines
- Northwestern Medicine COVID-19 Resource Center
- MyChart: Message your Northwestern Physician to ask any non-urgent questions
- COVID-19 Page at NM.org
- Medicare & Coronavirus
- Social Security & Coronavirus
- State of Illinois Coronavirus Response
- City of Chicago Coronavirus Response Center
- Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has set up a 24-hour hotline at 800 889 3931 and email address at email@example.com
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Combat Covid page - a one-stop resource to help members of the public and doctors find information about different stages of COVID-19 illness
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
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