Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

 

Have questions about getting vaccinated for COVID-19? We've compiled a list of resources to help you get your COVID-19 vaccination!

 

Where Can I Register for a Vaccine?

Who is Eligible to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Is the Vaccine Free?

Do I Need a Vaccine if I Have Already Had COVID-19?

Do I Need to Wear a Mask and Avoid Close Contact with Others if I Have Gotten 2 Doses of the Vaccine?

I'm Pregnant. Should I Get Vaccinated?

What Are COVID-19 Symptoms?

Where Can I Get Tested for COVID-19?

Resources

Video Resources

 

 

 

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Where Can I Register for a Vaccine?

There are a number of places you can register to get the vaccine. A few are listed below. ALL REQUIRE AN APPOINTMENT. 

Cook County Public Health Department - Appointment Required

 

CVS Pharmacy - Appointment Required

 

Jewel Osco Pharmacy - Appointment Required

 

Walgreens Pharmacy - Appointment Required

 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Appointment Required 

  • Eligible Groups:

    • Anyone who served in the military

    • Self-identifying Spouses of  Veterans

    • Self-identifying Caregivers of Veterans

    • Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits

  • Enrolled Veterans can schedule over the phone at 1-708-202-7000

  • Different VA health facilities are at different phases of the VA COVID-19 plan. CLICK HERE to find your VA facility and inquire about their vaccine scheduling and availability.

  • VA FAQ webpage

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Signup Links

  • A collection of COVID-19 vaccine signup links from a variety of pharmacies around the state.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Who is Eligible to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Eligibility is determined by state and local health departments based on recommendations from the CDC. Please check your state or health department website for prioritization criteria and timing.

 

 

 

 

 

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Is the Vaccine Free?

The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.

COVID-19 vaccination providers cannot:

  • Charge you for the vaccine

  • Charge you directly for any administration fees, copays, or coinsurance

  • Deny vaccination to anyone who does not have health insurance coverage, is underinsured, or is out of network

  • Charge an office visit or other fee to the recipient if the only service provided is a COVID-19 vaccination

  • Require additional services in order for a person to receive a COVID-19 vaccine; however, additional healthcare services can be provided at the same time and billed as appropriate

COVID-19 vaccination providers can:

  • Seek appropriate reimbursement from the recipient’s plan or program (e.g., private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid) for a vaccine administration fee

    • However, providers cannot charge the vaccine recipient the balance of the bill

  • Seek reimbursement for uninsured vaccine recipients from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s COVID-19 Uninsured Program

Resource - CDC FAQ Page

 

 

 

 

 

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    Do I Need a Vaccine if I Have Already Had COVID-19?

    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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Do I Need to Wear a Mask and Avoid Close Contact with Others if I Have Gotten 2 Doses of the Vaccine?

    Until more is known, fully vaccinated people should continue to wear masks and stay 6 feet apart from other people in other settings, like when they are in public or visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households.

    More Information - CDC FAQ Page & When You've Been Fully Vaccinated

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    I'm Pregnant. Should I Get Vaccinated?

    You should talk to your health provider if you are pregnant and want to get vaccinated. Here are some resources about getting the vaccine while pregnant:

    CDC - Information about COVID-19 Vaccines for People who Are Pregnant or Breastfeeding

    NPR - Study: COVID-19 Vaccine is Safe During Pregnancy and May Protect Baby, Too

    Johns Hopkins Medicine - The COVID-19 Vaccine and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

    University of Chicago Medicine - COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy: What you need to know if you're pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or breastfeeding

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    What Are COVID-19 Symptoms?

    People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

    • Fever or chills

    • Cough

    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

    • Fatigue

    • Muscle or body aches

    • Headache

    • New loss of taste or smell

    • Sore throat

    • Congestion or runny nose

    • Nausea or vomiting

    • Diarrhea

     

     

     

     

     

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    Where Can I Get Tested for COVID-19?

    For different COVID-19 testing sights, click here. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Resources

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Cook County Public Health Department

    Illinois Department of Public Health

    Pfizer Vaccine Fact Sheet

    Moderna Vaccine Fact Sheet

    Janssen Vaccine Fact Sheet

    The Essential COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Video Resources

    Vaccine Side Effects are Actually a Good Thing

     

     

    mRNA Vaccines, Explained

     

     

    Which COVID-19 Vaccine is Most Effective?

     

     

    Why You Can't Compare COVID-19 Vaccines

     

     

    How COVID-19 Attacks the Lungs

     

     

    What to Expect After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine