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.

Call us at 815-748-2401 for assistance.

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

DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD) expects the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine to be available through various providers in the community. We are now offering appointments on Wednesdays and Thursdays during COVID-19 specific pediatric clinics.  To schedule an appointment for your child, please call 815-748-2401.

Residents seeking an appointment sooner may be able to locate one closest to their home using the options below.

DCHD recommends the following immediate actions for anyone interested in pediatric COVID-19 vaccination:

  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.

 

THIRD DOSE OF PFIZER-BIONTECH AND MODERNA COVID-19 VACCINES FOR MODERATELY TO SEVERELY IMMUNOCOMPROMISED INDIVIDUALS (AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)

Individuals who are eligible for a 3rd dose can call 815-748-2401 to schedule an appointment.

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

COVID-19 Booster Vaccines (AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)

All individuals who are eligible for a booster vaccine can call 815-748-2401 to schedule an appointment.

*Booster Guidance Updated 1/11/2022

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Are COVID-19 vaccines effective?

Yes. All of the COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are effective at reducing your chances of getting COVID-19, getting very sick, and dying from COVID-19. To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, you should continue to wear a mask indoors when in public, even if you are fully vaccinated. e

Are there side effects to COVID-19 vaccination? 

Many people have no side effects from the COVID-19 vaccination. Some people experience soreness where they received the vaccine, a headache or other side effects that make them feel under the weather for one or two days. These side effects are normal signs that your body is building protection against the virus. 

Can I get COVID-19 again even if I already had it?

Yes, you can get COVID-19 even if you already had it. Getting the vaccine will give you a strong boost in  protection against severe illness, hospitalization or death.

Are facilities allowed to require proof of vaccination status of visitors?

Yes. Businesses with health care, school or higher education employees or students are allowed to require proof of vaccination status for anyone, including visitors.

Are there any exemptions from the vaccination requirement? 

If you work in healthcare, at a school, college, university, state-owned or operated church or place of worship, and you are not fully vaccinated, you are required to get tested weekly. Employees who are exempt from the vaccine requirement due to a medical or religious reason must get tested weekly.

Can private workplaces require that I receive a COVID-19 vaccine before returning to work? 

Yes. Private workplaces can require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

IDPH Additional Dose and booster Shot FAQ

IDPH Vaccination For Young People FAQ

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:

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.

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 Vaccine Data: DeKalb County % of population vaccinated
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

COVID-19 FAQs

Region 1 COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

V-Safe After Vaccination Health Checker