Frequently Asked Questions
Last updated 01/27/2022
Getting Both Vaccines
We don’t know what this flu season will be like but we do know that having flu and COVID-19 at the same time can be even worse than having one or the other by itself. Children under 5 years old, pregnant people, and adults over 65 years old are at high risk of getting sicker from flu. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months. The COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for everyone 5+ years and older, especially for seniors and people with underlying medical conditions who are at higher risk for severe complications.
COVID-19 vaccines are safe to co-administer with any other vaccines on the same day, including the flu vaccine. They can either be given one in each arm or spaced out on the same arm. Both flu and COVID-19 (Pfizer and J&J) are available at no out-of pocket cost.
No. You should look out for arm soreness and redness as well as flu-like symptoms (including fever, cough, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, headache) for 48-72 hours after being vaccinated. Contact your primary care provider if you have any concern about the symptoms or have symptoms for more than 72 hours.
Both vaccines are widely available citywide and offered at many doctor’s offices and pharmacies.
CDPH immunization clinics are also open for Flu and COVID-19 vaccines to all Chicago residents eligible for the vaccine, including youth and adults, regardless of insurance status.
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We will be offering both Pfizer (for age 5+ and over) and Johnson & Johnson vaccines (for age 28 and over) for no out-of-pocket cost. If you have an insurance card, please bring it. If you do not have medical insurance, you can still receive the vaccines. Moderna vaccine will not be available.
Only for incentives. If you'd like to receive an incentive ( $50 for Pfizer and $100 for J&J) then proof of age is required.
If you are not interested in receiving an incentive then proof of age is not required. For minors, we will accept the age listed on their encounter from under "Date of Birth". A parent/guardian is suggested to be present but not required as long as they have completed a consent form for the child online.
Yes. Everyone age 12 and older should get a booster at least 5 months after completing their Pfizer vaccination series.
Individuals age 12–17 years old can get a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster.
Adults 18 years and older can get either of the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) as a booster dose.
People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised should consult with their specialty provider about timing and dosage of vaccines.
For more information about boosters please visit chi.gov/covidvax .
Individuals are strongly encouraged to bring their white CDC COVID -19 vaccination cards or other official printed vaccination record with them as long as it includes the name and contact information of the medical provider who administered the vaccine or the health department that provide the record. If you do not have your CDC white card and have been vaccinated in Illinois (or reported their vaccination status to a medical provider in Illinois) , we may be able to locate your record within Illinois Immunization Registry (I-CARE).
If you have lost your vaccination card and want to request your vaccination records from Chicago Department of Public Health, please complete our online form at https://redcap.link/izrequestform .
If you received your COVID-19 vaccine in the state of Illinois, go to idphportal.illinois.gov to access your vaccination records through the Illinois Department of Public Health "Vax Verify" portal.
For other vaccine-related questions, please email email@example.com.
Yes. You should get the vaccine even if you have already had COVID-19. Some people have gotten COVID-19 after getting vaccinated. However, this is rare. The vaccine also offers more protection against reinfection than your body could develop on its own from already having COVID-19. You can get vaccinated as soon as you are out of your isolation period and are feeling better.
Even after someone has been vaccinated the individual should continue to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.