COVID-19 Vaccines at CFHC
Anyone over the age of 16 is now eligible for vaccination. CFHC is offering vaccines at all sites except for CVCA. The Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines are available at East Side, Roseland, and Chicago Lawn and the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at Pullman and South Chicago. You must be 18 years or older to receive the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and 16 years old to receive the Pfizer vaccine. We especially encourage those over the age of 65, those with pre-existing conditions, and frontline essential workers to get vaccinated. Call us at 773-768-5000 to schedule an appointment or be placed on a waiting list. Click here for more vaccine information.
CFHC is also partnering with the city’s Protect Chicago program which is committed to equity in the distribution of the COVID-19 Vaccine. CFHC is part of various pop-up vaccine clinics offering the Pfizer Vaccine throughout communities of color. Check back here or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more information on pop-up clinics. The Pfizer Vaccine is a two-dose vaccine available to anyone 16 years or older.
SPECIAL ALERT: From the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration:
After a temporary pause of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine, the CDC and the FDA recommend that use of this Vaccine resume in the United States. A review of all available data at this time shows that the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine’s known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks.
However, women under 50 years of age should be aware of the rare but increased risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS). There are other COVID-19 vaccine options available for which this risk has not been seen. CDC and FDA will continue to monitor the safety of all COVID-19 vaccines.
About the Vaccine:
Is a COVID-19 vaccine safe?
The U.S. ensures all vaccines are as safe as possible. Safety is a top priority. Vaccine candidates conduct clinical trials with many thousands of study participants to generate scientific data and other information for the FDA to determine their safety and effectiveness.
Can the COVID-19 vaccine cause me to become infected or infect others?
No, you cannot become infected or infect others from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, because the vaccine contains no live virus. Instead, the vaccine directs your body to produce a protein that teaches your body how to fight off the virus.
What are the side effects of this vaccine?
Some people may experience side effects, which is the normal immune response to a vaccine. The majority of the side effects, while not seen in every individual, are signs that your body is recognizing the vaccine and mounting an immune response. Based on prior studies, side effects may include pain, redness and swelling at the site of the injection., fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, fever, nausea, malaise, and swollen lymph nodes. These symptoms may occur within 2 days after the shot and last 1 to 2 days. Side effects may be more frequent after the 2nd shot (booster) and less frequent among older adults. Long-term side effects are unknown, although most vaccines do not have long-term side effects. Vaccine studies are ongoing and will continue to monitor and watch for adverse events.
How long will it take for COVID-19 vaccines to take effect?
The COVID-19 vaccine is expected to provide some protection a couple of weeks after your first shot and reaches its greatest effectiveness after your second shot. It is very important to take the second shot within the recommended time period for maximum vaccine effectiveness.
Can children get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Minors 16 and older can receive the Pfizer vaccine and the Moderna vaccine is available to persons 18 and older. Currently, a pediatric vaccine is not available, and it may be some time before one is approved and becomes available. Clinical trials need to be conducted with children before determining if the existing COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for them.
I have allergies. Is this vaccine safe for me?
While serious allergic reactions were not seen in vaccine clinical trials of thousands of patients, rare allergic reactions to vaccines are possible. If you have a history of serious allergic reactions, you should discuss your situation with your healthcare provider. The COVID-19 vaccine does not contain any animal products such as eggs.
Will undocumented people be able to get the vaccine?
All populations in Illinois, including individuals who are undocumented, can receive the vaccine. No one will be turned away when it is their time to be vaccinated.
What happens if I refuse to get vaccinated?
There are no legal repercussions (such as fines, sanctions or punishments) for refusing the vaccine. If you do not get vaccinated, you will not be protected against the virus that causes COVID-19 and will be more likely to be infected with the virus. Additionally, you will be at risk of transmitting this deadly virus to loved ones and other community members.
This information is provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Additional information and answers to more frequently asked questions are available HERE.