Covid-19 Updates

COVID-19 Vaccine in DeKalb County

 


Eligibility is open to all individuals who meet the age requirements to receive the vaccine. For the latest updates on what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the CDC link.

Please note that boosters from the original formulation (Monovalent mRNA) are no longer authorized for use as boosters in people ages 12 years and older. Therefore, walk-in appointments for COVID-19 boosters for individuals 12 and older are not available at this time. 

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Link to DCHD Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Clinic Appointments: Schedule Appointment with DeKalb County Health Department

Bivalent vaccines can be used as a single booster dose at least two months following a primary series or booster vaccination. The bivalent COVID-19 boosters have been authorized for people ages 12 years+ (Pfizer-BioNTech) and for people ages 18 years+ (Moderna) who have completed the primary series.

Providers offering the COVID-10 Bivalent Booster Vaccine can also be found using the vaccines.gov website.

Call us at 815-748-2467 for assistance.

 

According to the CDC, flu vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time.

What should I know about my visit?

  • Handicap parking and wheelchairs are available as needed.
  • After vaccination, plan to sit in observation for at least 15 minutes and possibly up to 30 minutes based on clinical history.
  • If you are seeking your second dose from DCHD after receiving your first dose elsewhere, you must bring your CDC vaccination record card with you.
  • If you are seeking a booster shot, please be sure to bring your COVID-19 vaccine card with you. 

Please print the following form and bring it filled out. If you do not have access to a printer, you can receive the form the day you arrive for your vaccine

COVID Client Administration Form-English

COVID-19 Client Administration Form- Spanish

Please note: The Client Administration Form for children younger than 5 must be completed at time of walk-in visit. 

More information about COVID-19 vaccines for children can be found by visiting COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens | CDC.

CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Updates 

IDPH Vaccination For Young People FAQ

COVID-19 Immunocompromised Client Attestation Form

Please print the following form and bring it filled out to your 3rd dose appointment if you are someone who is immunocompromised. If you do not have access to a printer, you can receive the form the day you arrive for your vaccine.

Attestation Form

Other Options to Receive Vaccine- Local Pharmacies

Visit www.vaccines.gov

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

Use the CDC tool to determine when or if you (or your child) can get one or more COVID-19 boosters.

IDPH Additional Dose and booster Shot FAQ

Currently, the DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD) does not yet have the new bivalent booster vaccine.

Once we receive the vaccine and appointments are available through DCHD, we will update the website, send information to those signed up for our newsletter and update social media platforms with detailed information.

Providers offering the COVID-10 Bivalent Booster Vaccine can also be found using the vaccines.gov website. 

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Card

You will receive a COVID-19 vaccination card after you get your first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The card tells you:
  • Which COVID-19 vaccine you received.
  • The dates you received the vaccine(s).
  • Where you received it.
If you received a COVID-19 vaccine that requires two doses (Pfizer and Moderna), bring the card to your appointment so the information can be filled in.
If you did not receive a vaccination card at your first appointment or have lost your vaccination card, contact the provider that administered the vaccination. If you are unable to contact the provider, there are other ways of obtaining your COVID-19 vaccination record:
  • If you received the vaccine from the DeKalb County Health Department, please call 815-748-2467 to request your replacement vaccine card.
  • Visit IDPH’s page for information about Illinois’ web-based immunization record-sharing. https://idphportal.illinois.gov/s/?language=en_US
  • If you enrolled in v-safe after your first vaccine dose, you can access your vaccination information there.
  • Talk to a vaccination provider if you were unable to retrieve your vaccination information through the previously mentioned methods.
After getting vaccinated, keep your card safe. It is best to keep it protected by using a plastic sleeve rather than laminating it. You should not post your vaccination card on social media as it contains personal information.

How do I get a QR Code to Confirm my COVID-19 Status?

If you need a QR code to confirm your COVID-19 vaccination status, you will need to register for the Illinois Vax Verify System: Vax Verify
New updates to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Vax Verify immunization portal now includes use of the SMART™ Health Card.
The SMART™ Health Card allows users to download a QR code, which individuals can use to easily confirm their COVID-19 vaccination status at businesses, events, and other locations.
Vax Verify is an online system that allows Illinois residents 18 years and older to check their COVID-19 vaccination record.  Vax Verify can be accessed at https://idphportal.illinois.gov
The DeKalb County Health Department does not have the ability to create QR codes for your vaccine, you will need to follow the link above to access the State system.

 

 

Vaccine Safety

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines, and these vaccines have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. This monitoring includes using both established and new safety monitoring systems to make sure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe.

Results from these monitoring efforts are reassuring. While some people don’t have any side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine, many people will have mild side effects after COVID-19 vaccination, like pain or swelling at the injection site, a headache, chills, or fever. These reactions are normal and show the vaccine is working. A small number of people have had a severe allergic reaction (called “anaphylaxis”) after vaccination, but this is extremely rare and when it does happen, vaccination providers have medicines available that they can use to effectively and immediately treat the reaction. You will be asked to stay for 15–30 minutes after you get your vaccine so you can be observed and provided treatment in the rare case it is needed.

The combination of COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others offers the best protection from COVID-19. CDC recommends you get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible.

Learn More About the COVID-19 Vaccine

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Resources

IDPH COVID-19 Website

CDC COVID-19 Website
Moderna EUA Fact Sheet

Pfizer EUA Fact Sheet

Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) EUA Fact Sheet

Illinois Department of Public Health: Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine

V-Safe After Vaccination Health Checker

 

Information for Schools and Daycares

Last updated 6/07/22