Resources for Residents
IDPH Online "Vax Verify" System
On Wednesday, August 11, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) launched a new immunization portal, Vax Verify (LINK), that will allow Illinois residents 18 years and older to check their COVID-19 vaccination record.
The verification system follows best practices to protect confidential health information. In order to download proof of vaccination, residents will go through a brief, one-time identity verification process to gain access to their immunization history. The State of Illinois utilizes Experian as its identity verification service provider. Individuals who have placed a freeze on their credit will need to unfreeze their credit with Experian and wait 24 hours before completing the registration process. After the verification process, individuals can see their own records in the Illinois Comprehensive Automated Immunization Registry Exchange (I-CARE). Immunization records are kept confidential, and only the individual can access their vaccination history.
All Illinois residents 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Cook County has published a website (LINK), as well as a hotline 833-308-1988, where residents and workers in Cook County can sign up for COVID-19 updates and information on scheduling a vaccine.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), following the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to open COVID-19 booster shots to all, is recommending anyone 18 years and older get a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose six months after receiving their second Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, or two months after receiving the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Individuals can contact their health care provider or visit www.vaccines.gov to find a nearby location to receive a booster dose. People who have questions about vaccines and booster doses can call the IDPH COVID-19 Call Center at 1-833-621-1284.
For additional information, please see the following links:
Below are links to several of the local area utilities regarding their response to COVID-19, including provisions for anyone struggling to make utility payments:
Interfaith Community Partners
Interfaith Community Partners will shop and deliver groceries for anyone age 75 or older; they do not need to be an existing client. They continue to take seniors to medical appointments. Please call 708-354-9328 for more information or visit their website (LINK) to volunteer.
Aging Care Connections
Please visit their website (LINK) for program updates and available services.
Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. The Illinois Department of Employment Security recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive as possible. Please visit the Illinois Department of Employment Security’s website (LINK) to review the information.
Call4Calm - Mental Health Support
The Illinois Department of Human Services has established a mental health support hotline for anyone struggling with stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic and needing emotional support. To access the service, text TALK to 552020 for English or HABLAR for Spanish. This service is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People seeking assistance will remain anonymous and will provide only their first name and zip code, which enables the service to link callers to a counselor in their area who is knowledgeable about available local resources.
La Grange Library E-Services
The La Grange Library provides an e-library (LINK), offering digital access to books, audiobooks, movies, music, and magazines. The e-library also includes learning apps for students and adults.
Resources for Debt Obligations
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation provides guidance for residents (LINK) struggling with debt obligations, including rent and mortgage payments as well as loan payments, and more.
La Grange Area Historical Society
The Historical Society is documenting how life in La Grange has been affected by COVID-19 and is collecting information about the personal experiences of individuals and families to preserve the story of this unprecedented time. Residents are asked to fill out a Community COVID-19 Response Form (LINK) and also submit drawings, photos and videos via e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit the historical society’s website (LINK)