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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

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Click here to download our COVID-19 vaccine information flyer.

Why is the COVID vaccine important?

  • You can protect yourself from getting COVID
  • We can prevent spread of COVID to others.
    • People with certain disabilities or health conditions can get very sick or die from COVID
    • COVID has had a greater impact on communities of color
      • Average ages of death from COVID: 81 years old for whites; 72 years old for Blacks; 68 years old for Hispanics
    • Protect young children who are not able to get the vaccine yet
  • We can start going back to activities that we have missed!
    • Seeing loved ones; going on vacation; in-person activities

Vaccines are safe and effective!

 Who should get the vaccine?

  • Children ages 12 and older and adults are all eligible to get the vaccine
  • 3 vaccine options:
  • The vaccine is recommended for everyone. If you’ve had an allergic reaction to vaccines in the past, you should talk with your doctor to see if the COVID vaccine is safe for you.
  • Vaccines are recommended if you have a condition that could make you get really sick or die from COVID, like diabetes, heart disease, or obesity.
  • You should get the vaccine even if you have already had COVID.

What are the possible side effects of the vaccines?

  • The most common vaccine side effects are arm soreness, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. These side effects are more common after the second dose of the vaccine (for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines) and – if they occur – should stop within 2 days.
  • These symptoms are normal and they are a sign that your body is building protection against the COVID virus.

Where can I get the vaccine?

What do I need to get the vaccine?

  • The COVID vaccine is free
  • You don’t need government ID, regardless of documentation, to get the vaccine

Vaccine numbers in Illinois

  • More than 12 million people in Illinois have received at least one dose of COVID vaccine
  • Illinois now has its lowest numbers of COVID cases and positivity rates because people are getting vaccinated!


Last updated: August 13, 2021

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