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
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.