COVID-19 Vaccinations at ACCESS
ACCESS is now providing COVID-19 vaccinations to all local residents at ACCESS vaccination sites and health centers.
To schedule your first dose, second dose or booster appointment, call 1.833.754.2149. The COVID-19 vaccination is administered at no cost.
Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available for you and your family members age 12 and older. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available at select ACCESS locations for people aged 6 months and older. Please check the below map to find a location near you.
ACCESS COVID-19 Vaccine Locations:
When will I be eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Currently, all patients 6 months and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
How do I schedule my appointment?
Call 1.833.754.2149 to schedule your first dose, second dose or booster appointment.
What vaccine will I receive?
ACCESS is currently offering the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine.
Is there a cost to get the vaccine?
If you are uninsured, your vaccine is covered by the federal government HRSA program. If you are insured, we will bill your insurance. You will not be charged a copay or deductible. If your insurance provider attempts to pass the bill to you, please call us at 312.526.2424 with any supporting documents. Please note, we will never charge you for your COVID-19 vaccine and will always support you to resolve any issues.
What if I am not an ACCESS patient, can I schedule my vaccine?
You do not need to be an ACCESS patient to make an appointment.
What to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine
What are the benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
When you get vaccinated, it can help you from getting seriously sick. It may also help protect the people around you. People who have had COVID-19 still benefit from getting vaccinated. Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. COVID-19 vaccination combined with daily preventative actions will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
What is the COVID-19 vaccine and how does it work?
The first vaccines available are called “mRNA” vaccines. The mRNA vaccine, or “messenger RNA vaccine”, does not contain a live virus. Rather, the vaccine causes the cells to produce a protein similar to those in COVID-19 so your immune system is introduced to the protein and can build up its immune response. The COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19 or test positive on a viral test because it does not contain the live virus.
After getting a flu shot, I always get the flu. Will this cause me to get COVID-19?
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. After getting a flu shot, some people develop flu-like symptoms, such as mild fever, chills and body aches. These symptoms are not the same as actually having influenza. The same is true for COVID-19 vaccines.
Are there side effects?
After a vaccination, it is normal to feel some mild side effects. Side effects signal that your body is building up protection from the virus. Reported common side effects include: pain or soreness at the injection site, fatigue and headache. You may also experience mild fever, chills, nausea or body aches. The side effects from vaccination may feel a little bit like the flu, but they should go away after 48 to 72 hours.
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 shows your body how to fight off the virus.
What are the vaccine recommendations for children under the age of 12?
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has recently been approved for children aged 6 months - 11. This is a three dose vaccine series.
I've had COVID-19, should I get the vaccine?
Yes. The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) recommends you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you have already had COVID-19. Patients who have recently had COVID-19 should talk to with their primary care provider about the best time to receive the vaccine.
Do I need a booster?
At this time, research continues on how many doses are needed for full protection. The current recommendation is for those age 5 and older to receive a booster dose following their initial vaccine series. Both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines require two doses to complete the initial series. The Pfizer vaccine requires a second dose three weeks or 21 days after your first shot. A booster is then recommended for those 12 and older five months after the second dose. The Moderna vaccine requires a second dose 28 days after the first shot and recommends a booster for those age 18 and older five months after the second dose. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single dose available to those 18 and older. A Pfizer or Moderna booster dose is recommended two months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
ACCESS cannot guarantee what type of vaccine will be available but all vaccines are approved for Emergency Use and Authorization (EUA) by the FDA and effective against COVID-19.
I have a pre-existing condition. Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
Adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines may be administered to people with underlying medical conditions provided they have not had a severe or immediate allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Clinical trials have not yet been completed on those with certain pre-existing conditions, so safety data is limited. Speak to your ACCESS provider to help you make an informed decision.
I am pregnant or breastfeeding. Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. If you are pregnant, you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19. Choosing to get the vaccine is a personal choice and your ACCESS provider can help you make an informed decision.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)
Cook County Health
DuPage County Health Department
Visit Zocdoc.com/vaccine and the Vaccine Finder to see vaccine providers in your area.
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