1.29.21 COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Dear Patients:

I want to share the following update on COVID-19 vaccine availability at Northwestern Medicine (NM).

Last week, NM began inviting established patients ages 65 and older to be vaccinated in accordance with Illinois Department of Public Health and Chicago Department of Public Health guidelines. Invitations are being staggered by region based on vaccination supply at each site and will continue to be rolled out over the next several weeks.

To ensure established NM patients are captured in this process, please be sure you have signed up for MyNM (formerly NM MyChart). Those who have a MyNM account will receive a vaccine invitation through that portal. If you are not enrolled in MyNM, the invitation will come via your preferred communication method — text message, email or phone.

You can learn more about MyNM and sign up by clicking HERE. The page also includes instructions for downloading the MyNM® app.

For more information on the vaccine from NM:


At the present time, NM is not administering vaccine to essential workers (including first responders, education and childcare employees). Those eligible for vaccination in Illinois Phase 1B are encouraged to enroll for vaccination at a community-based clinic.


Health departments and pharmacies are now offering the vaccine, and the Illinois National Guard will operate large vaccine clinics in Cook County.

I will continue to keep you posted via email and text. As always, I welcome you to call the office with questions or concerns.


Sean O’Connor, MD