INFORMATION ON COVID-19 VACCINES

Updated 4/14/21

The library offers you these trusted sources to inform you during the current health crisis. Please be aware, the library does not provide medical advice; consult your personal doctor for a professional medical opinion.*

 

4/13/21: Illinois Department of Public Health Pauses Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

 


Vaccination Locations/Appointments

WILL COUNTY

Monee Vaccination Clinic, 6370 Emerald Parkway, has opened.
Book an appointment Use voucher code MONEE

Will County is now in Phase 2, vaccinating everyone who is 16 years or older and a Will County resident. Schedule an appointment.

Will County Health Department Call Center 815-774-7386.


COOK COUNTY

If you work in Cook County, you are eligible to receive a vaccine there. Register/learn more.

Closest locations:

  • Former Target store, 4647 Promenade Way, Matteson, IL 60443
  • CCH Cottage Health Center, 1645 Cottage Grove Ave., Ford Heights, IL 60411
  • South Suburban College, 15800 State St, South Holland, IL 60473
  • Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Dr. Tinley Park, IL 69477

Check for appointments at Cook County locations.
Vaccine Sign-Up Hotline: 833-308-1988 M-F 7am-7pm CT

 

STATE OF ILLINOIS

Vaccine Appointment Call Center 833-621-1284. Open 7 days a week from 6 am to midnight.

The State of Illinois has launched the Vaccine Appointment Call Center to assist people who do not have access to or who have difficulty navigating online services in making appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. As Illinois begins to receive significantly more vaccine from the federal government and appointments become more widely available, this call center will be critical in bridging the digital divide and ensuring the vaccine reaches all communities.

There are approximately 500 agents answering calls with the ability to expand during peak periods. The call center has English and Spanish speaking call agents with the availability for translation into other languages.

Call agents will help individuals who do have access to online services navigate the various registration sites. However, if the individual does not have access to online services or is unable to navigate the site, the agent will make an appointment on their behalf. Individuals will need to provide the agent with their name, address, email (if available), mobile phone number, date of birth, and eligibility. The agent WILL NOT ask for any financial information and the call center WILL NOT share information with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

During heavy calling periods, callers could experience wait times before speaking with a call agent. In the coming week, the call center will offer the option for callers to leave a message and be called back when an agent is available.

Statewide Vaccination Locations – available to all Illinois residents regardless of zip code.

Find information about vaccine availability at these pharmacies:

The State of Illinois has created a map of vaccination locations with links for getting appointments.

Please bring documentation to your appointment to show that you are eligible for vaccine as part of a priority group. Examples of acceptable documents include:

Personal identification (State ID or driver’s license, US or foreign passport, Consular ID, Temporary Visitor Driver License)
Employee identification (work identification or badge, paycheck stub, CityKey card, letter from employer)

Providers may NOT ask individuals to provide documentation regarding their immigration status.


What to Expect at Your Vaccination Appointment. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC guidance for when you’ve been fully vaccinated.


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Source: Illinois Department of Public Health

Q: Do I have to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
A: There is no federal or state mandate to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC recommends the vaccine to all Americans 16 and over.

Q. What happens if I refuse to get vaccinated?
A. There are no legal repercussions (such as fines, sanctions or punishments) for refusing the vaccine. If you do not get vaccinated, you will not be protected against the virus that causes COVID-19 and will be more likely to be infected with the virus. Additionally, you will be at risk of transmitting this deadly virus to loved ones and other community members.

Q: Do I need a vaccine if I have already had COVID-19?
A: Yes, people who have already had COVID-19 should plan to take the COVID-19 vaccine, because the science is currently inconclusive as to whether you will be naturally protected from a second COVID-19 infection in the future. The CDC currently suggests that if you were infected with COVID-19 during the previous 90 days, it is likely that you still have immune protection and that you will be asked to wait to receive your vaccine to allow others to be vaccinated first.

Q: How much will this vaccine cost me? Is it covered by my insurance?
A: There is no cost for the vaccine. However, vaccination providers will be able to charge an administration fee for giving the shot. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration at the US Department of Health and Human Services. No one can be denied a vaccine if they are unable to pay a vaccine administration fee.

Q. Will the administrative fees be passed on to the patient in the form of a co-pay or deductible?
A. No.

Q. If I get the vaccine, can I quit wearing a mask?
A. No. While the COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective, it not 100% effective. Until the COVID-19 pandemic is controlled, people who receive the vaccine need to continue following Illinois Department of Public Health guidance such as the use of facemasks, social distancing, and regular hand washing. This protects you as well as your family and community.

Find the answers to many more questions:


Information about Individual Vaccines

Source: FDA

Learn about ingredients, risks, and more on these fact sheets in English and Spanish. Fact sheets are available in several other languages on the CDC website.


What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccination
You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site, seek immediate medical care by calling 911.

Vaccine Adverse Effects Reporting System (VAERS)
The Vaccine Adverse Effects Reporting System is co-managed by the FDA and CDC to detect rare, unusual or new adverse effects from vaccines. It’s a passive reporting system, relying on individuals to report adverse effects they experience from vaccines.

 

 

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