Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated 01/06/2022


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 olds 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 12 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 Flu+COVID-19 Clinics

We will be offering both Pfizer (for age 12 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.

No. 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. 

Children 12yrs+ can receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and everyone aged 6 months and older can receive the influenza vaccine.

Right now, additional COVID-19 doses will be only offered to individuals who self-identify as a moderately to severely immunocompromised and have also received their first two doses of the Pfizer vaccine ( at least  28 days from their second dose). More information on the booster doses for others is expected by the end of September. Check back at www.chicago.gov/covidvax for updates. 

A registration link and QR code with a designated number of appointment slots per time period will be available on promotional material and on City of Chicago websites: www.chicago.gov/covidvax and www.chicago.gov/flu . Walk in appointments will also be available but pre-registration is preferred.

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 . For other vaccine-related questions, please email covid19vaccine@cityofchicago.org.

 No. Without documentation of the brand and the date of your first dose of your vaccine, we can't be sure it is safe for you to get a 2nd dose.

You may receive the second dose from your primary care provider, local pharmacist or through the city's Protect Chicago At Home Vaccination program (call 312-746-4835 or visit www.chicago.gov/athome to schedule).


General

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 vacinated the individual should continue to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. When we get more information on booster doses these recommendations may change.