COVID-19 Resources for the Disability Community
Home COVID-19 Vaccinations for Seniors and People with Disabilities
The City of Chicago is working to integrate mobile home health care vaccination services to reach individuals who are unable to go to the City’s COVID-19 vaccination sites to get vaccinated, please visit the Protect Chicago In Home webpage for more information.
Protect Chicago - COVID-19 VACCINES 5 THINGS TO KNOW
The safety of COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority. No steps are skipped during the clinical trial process.
HOW COVID-19 VACCINES WORK
COVID-19 vaccines do not use a live virus and cannot give someone COVID-19.
Getting vaccinated may help keep you from getting infected with COVID-19 and may also protect people around you.
NUMBER OF DOSES NEEDED
The first COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) will require two shots, and everyone will have to receive both shots to get the most protection the vaccine can offer.
AVAILABILITY AND COST
While supply is limited, certain groups (such as healthcare workers) will be prioritized to receive the vaccine first. The vaccine will be offered at no cost to all Chicagoans who want it as soon as larger quantities become available.
GETTING NACK TO NORMAL IS GOING TO TAKE ALL OUR TOOLS
- Wear a mask.
- Stay 6 feet from others, and avoid crowds and gatherings.
- Wash hands often.
- Get vaccinated when it’s your turn.
If we use all the tools we have, we stand the best chance of getting our families, communities, schools, and workplaces “back to normal” sooner.
WHAT TO EXPECT BEFORE GETTING A COVID-19 VACCINE
- See if COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for you right now and make an appointment.
- Learn more about the benefits of getting vaccinated, different types of COVID-19 vaccines, and how they work.
- Consult with your doctor if you have a history of significant allergic reactions to vaccines, food, or medicine.
- Do not take any pain medication before your shot.
- Wear a mask and stay 6 feet away from others while inside and in lines.
- You will receive a vaccination card or printout that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it.
- You will receive a paper or electronic version of a fact sheet that tells you more about the specific COVID-19 vaccine you are being offered.
- You will be monitored on-site for 15 minutes. If you have a history of significant allergic reactions, you will be observed for 30 minutes following vaccination.
- You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. Although these side effects may be unpleasant for 1-3 days, they are not dangerous. The vaccine does not contain a live virus and cannot give you COVID-19.
- Make an appointment and get your second shot as close to the recommended 3-week or 1-month interval as possible. You need 2 shots to get the most protection.
- Register for v-safe at vsafe.cdc.gov and help keep COVID-19 vaccines safe. V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that provides personalized health check-ins. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19vaccine. Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you and get more information.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER GETTING A COVID-19 VACCINE
CELEBRATE YOUR BODYBUILDING PROTECTION
You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. Although these side effects may be unpleasant for 1-3 days, they are not dangerous. The most common side effects are fever, chills, tiredness, or headache. At the injection site, you may experience pain, redness or swelling. Even if you have no side effects, your body is still building protection against COVID-19.
REDUCE PAIN OR DISCOMFORT
- Talk to your doctor about taking over-the-counter medicine.
- Apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area where you got the shot.
- Use or exercise your arm.
- Drink plenty of fluids and dress lightly.
If your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days, contact your doctor. If you think you are having a severe reaction, call 911.
GET YOUR SECOND DOSE
Don’t forget to schedule your next appointment before leaving. You need 2 shots to get the most protection. You should get your second shot: •
- for the Pfizer-BioNTech 3 weeks (or 21 days) after your first shot,
- for the Moderna 1 month (or 28 days) after your first shot.
- Do not switch to a new brand of vaccine for your 2nd dose
You should get your second shot as close to the recommended 3-week or 1-month interval as possible. However, there is no maximum interval between the first and second doses for either vaccine. You should not get the second dose earlier than the recommended interval.
REGISTER AND USE V-SAFE
Go to vsafe.cdc.gov and get started. V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that checks in on you after your COVID-19 vaccination. Your participation helps keep COVID-19 vaccines safe — for you and for everyone
CONTINUE TO FOLLOW PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDANCE
Not everyone is able to get vaccinated right away, so it’s still important to protect yourself and others
MOPD will provide COVID-19 resources for the disability community. Check back often for updates.
- City of Chicago COVID-19 Testing Sites
- City of Chicago COVID-19 Eviction Protection Ordinance – June 17, 2020
- CDPH Covid-19 Risk Assessment Tool
- COVID-19 specific Social Stories
- Covid-19 testing sites in the State of Illinois
- Cook County Social Vulnerability Index
- Cook County Medical Examiner COVID-19 Dashboard
- Chicago Department of Public Health Coronavirus Information
- Home Services Program Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
- IDHS Coronavirus Information Center
- Illinois Remote Covid-19 Patient Monitoring Program
- Illinois COVID-19 Immigrant Family Support Project
- Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities COVID-19 Resources
- InTouch & Motion
- NAMI Chicago
- The Kedzie Center
- Updates to Illinois Eviction Moratorium