Vaccine FAQ's

When will the COVID-19 vac­cine be available?

  • As of Wednes­day, May 12, every­one ages 12 and up are eli­gi­ble to receive a COVID-19 vac­cine in Illi­nois. Appoint­ments are avail­able in Glen Ellyn, Lisle and Tin­ley Park.

Who will get the COVID-19 vaccine?

  • The COVID-19 vac­cine is rec­om­mend­ed for all indi­vid­u­als 12 and up. The COVID-19 Pfiz­er Pedi­atric Vac­cine is rec­om­mend­ed for all indi­vid­u­als 5 – 11. 
  • A COVID-19 vac­cine boost­er is rec­om­mend­ed for all indi­vid­u­als 18 and up that com­plet­ed their ini­tial vac­cine series at least 6 months. Addi­tion­al­ly, if you are immuno­com­pro­mised, a vac­cine boost­er is rec­om­mend­ed at least 2 months fol­low­ing your ini­tial vac­cine series.

What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?

Mild side effects, such as those list­ed below, occur com­mon­ly and typ­i­cal­ly resolve with­in 24 – 48 hours of the vac­ci­na­tion admin­is­tra­tion. Com­mon side effects of the COVID-19 vac­cine include:

  • Pain or swelling in the arm that received vaccine
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Tired­ness
  • Headache

These typ­i­cal side effects can be treat­ed with rest, hydra­tion and Tylenol or ibupro­fen. Patients should call their doc­tor if they feel that their side effects are becom­ing severe.

Aller­gic Reac­tions: Those with a known his­to­ry of aller­gic reac­tions to injectable med­ica­tions or vac­ci­na­tions should con­sult with their pri­ma­ry care provider or an aller­gist before receiv­ing the vac­cine. The CDC rec­om­mends that patients who have an aller­gic reac­tion to the first dose of the COVID-19 vac­cine should not receive the sec­ond dose. If you have ques­tions regard­ing your vac­cine options, please con­tact your pri­ma­ry care provider or the Duly Health and Care Aller­gy, Asth­ma and Immunol­o­gy department.

Onsite Safe­ty Mon­i­tor­ing: All patients will be mon­i­tored for reac­tions to the vac­cine for 15 min­utes. Those with a his­to­ry of severe aller­gic reac­tions will be mon­i­tored for up to 30 min­utes. If you expe­ri­ence a reac­tion after leav­ing your appoint­ment, seek med­ical atten­tion immediately.

Fol­low-up Check-ins: Patients who receive the vac­cine will be pro­vid­ed instruc­tions on how to report side effects. A MyD­MGHealth account will allow you to fill out check-in ques­tion­naires to report any health con­cerns fol­low­ing your vaccination.

Is the vac­cine safe for preg­nant women, nurs­ing moth­ers, those with a his­to­ry of aller­gic reac­tions or those who are immunocompromised?

Women who are preg­nant, try­ing to con­ceive or breastfeeding

Clin­i­cal tri­als did not study this demo­graph­ic. Recent data has sug­gest­ed that those who are preg­nant could expe­ri­ence more severe reac­tions to side effects of either vac­cine1. Reach out to your med­ical provider to help you make an informed decision.

Those with a his­to­ry of severe aller­gic reactions

Those with a known his­to­ry of severe or mild imme­di­ate aller­gic reac­tions, espe­cial­ly to injectable med­ica­tions or vac­ci­na­tions, should con­sult with their aller­gy and immu­nol­o­gist or pri­ma­ry care provider before receiv­ing the vaccine.

Those with a his­to­ry of severe aller­gies unre­lat­ed to vac­cine ingre­di­ents and med­ical provider approval will be mon­i­tored for 30 min­utes after receiv­ing the vac­cine instead of the stan­dard 15 minutes.

Those who are immunocompromised

Due to lim­it­ed data, it is rec­om­mend­ed for those who are immuno­com­pro­mised to con­sult with their doc­tor before receiv­ing the vaccine.

Your med­ical provider will help inform you about the lim­it­ed data sur­round­ing vac­cine research and those who are immuno­com­pro­mised. Your provider may have spe­cial instruc­tions for you fol­low­ing the vac­cine to help ensure your safety.

Who is con­sid­ered immunocompromised?

  • Can­cer patients
  • Those who have had a bone mar­row transplant
  • Those who have had a sol­id organ transplant
  • Received stem cells for can­cer treatment
  • Those with genet­ic immune deficiencies
  • Those with HIV
  • Those who chron­i­cal­ly use oral or intra­venous cor­ti­cos­teroids or immunosuppressants

If I have had COVID-19 or have test­ed pos­i­tive for COVID-19 anti­bod­ies, should I get the vaccine?

  • It is high­ly encour­aged that those who have had COVID-19 receive the vac­ci­na­tion series to help avoid rein­fec­tion. The length of nat­ur­al immu­ni­ty ranges depend­ing on the per­son. The vac­ci­na­tion series will help extend your immu­ni­ty and lessen your risk of COVID-19 diag­no­sis and severity.
  • For the safe­ty of oth­ers, those who cur­rent­ly have COVID-19 should wait the rec­om­mend­ed 14 days of iso­la­tion before con­sid­er­ing a vaccine.
  • Recent evi­dence has sug­gest­ed a low­er prob­a­bil­i­ty of rein­fec­tion with­in 90 days of COVID-19 infec­tion. As a result, those with a recent COVID-19 diag­no­sis may choose to delay their vac­ci­na­tion series.

How long does the vac­cine pro­vide pro­tec­tion? What we know so far…

The COVID-19 vaccine’s length of immu­ni­ty is still being deter­mined due to lim­it­ed data. It is rec­om­mend­ed that those with COVID-19 anti­bod­ies from pre­vi­ous ill­ness still receive the vac­ci­na­tion series since it is still unknown how long nat­ur­al immu­ni­ty lasts.

Does the vac­cine pro­tect me from alter­nate strains?

While data is lim­it­ed, researchers believe that the COVID-19 vac­cines will cov­er the alter­nate strains of the virus that have appeared around the world. Ear­ly find­ings sug­gest that COVID-19 muta­tions are show­ing con­sis­tent results as those already cov­ered by the exist­ing vac­cine1. Addi­tion­al research will help sci­en­tists adjust the vac­cine as nec­es­sary in the future.

What is the cost of the COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 Vac­cine is pro­vid­ed at no cost by the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment. Duly Health and Care will bill your cur­rent insur­ance for the admin­is­tra­tion of the vac­cine. Please check with your health plan by call­ing the num­ber on the back of your insur­ance card for any ques­tions pri­or to your appoint­ment. If you are unin­sured, the admin­is­tra­tion of your vac­cine may be cov­ered by the Health Resources and Ser­vices Admin­is­tra­tion’s Provider Relief Fund.