Covid-19 Updates

COVID-19 Vaccine in DeKalb County

dekalb county illinois covid-19 vaccine

Eligibility is open to all individuals who meet the age requirements to receive the vaccine:

  • Moderna Vaccine: Must be 18 years or older to receive the vaccine.
  • Pfizer Vaccine: Must be 5 years or older to receive the vaccine.
  • Janssen (J&J) Vaccine: Must be 18 years or older to receive the vaccine.

Walk-in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics days are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30am-11:30am and 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Call us at 815-748-2401 for assistance.

COVID-19 VACCINE FOR CHILDREN AGE 5-11 (AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY) 

Pediatric appointments are offered by appointment for your child at the Health Department please call 815-748-2401.

You can also check the following:

  1. Check with your child’s pediatrician or healthcare provider.
  2. Check with a local retail pharmacy.
  3. Visit www.vaccines.gov to find a provider near you.

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 

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

Individuals eligible for the booster dose or a third dose for those who are immunocompromised can visit www.vaccines.gov and enter your zip code to find a vaccine provider near you.

COVID-19 Client Administration form

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-19 Client Administration Form-English

COVID-19 Client Administration Form- Spanish

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 date of your first dose.
  • Where you received it.
If you received a COVID-19 vaccine that requires two doses (Pfizer and Moderna), bring the card to your second appointment so the second dose 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 815-748-2401 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.

IDPH Additional Dose and booster Shot FAQ

IDPH Vaccination For Young People FAQ

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.

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