1What is VNA’s vaccination process?
VNA recommends that anyone seeking vaccination against COVID-19 complete the Waitlist form at the top of this page. VNA is currently receiving vaccine from the Health Department and vaccinating in the order outlined in the State of Illinois plan. Once an individual signs up on the VNA Waitlist, VNA’s vaccination team will review the responses given to the questions and will know which vaccine distribution phase the individual belongs in. In the form, an individual will indicate that they would like an alert that they are now able to receive the vaccine and this will be sent when the time comes by email and text along with a link to a consent form. Once this is received, the individual will be able to select an appointment that is convenient for them and they will receive directions about what they need to bring to their appointment. Please note, that each phase may take months to complete and there may be a delay before you are contacted to receive a vaccination, especially if you are a young and healthy individual who is not an essential worker. We appreciate your patience as you wait for VNA to contact you.
NO APPOINTMENTS for COVID-19 vaccinations can be made at VNA’s appointment call center.
2Where will I go to receive my vaccination from VNA?
Currently VNA is administering vaccines at two of our locations, at 400 N Highland Avenue in Aurora and at 801 Villa Street in Elgin. VNA will expand vaccine administration to additional VNA locations as more vaccine becomes available.
3Will I have to pay to get vaccinated for COVID-19?
No. COVID-19 vaccinations are free for all individuals, with or without insurance. VNA is not charging Medicare, Medicaid or insurance for the COVID-19 vaccination.
4Different COVID-19 Vaccines are expected to be available. Which one should I take?
Any COVID-19 vaccine receiving an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to be effective. Data available at this point would suggest that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are very similar in their abilities to produce immunity to the virus. The recommendation would be to take whatever vaccine is made available to you and be sure to receive the second dose of that same vaccine at the appropriate time. If you choose not to get a second dose, you may reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine.
5What are the side effects of being vaccinated against COVID-19?
Most side effects are minimal and go away in a few days. These can include: pain where shot was given, fever, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, and chills.
6How do you decide who is vaccinated first?
VNA is vaccinating individuals based upon the vaccination phase we are in which is established by the Illinois Department of Public Health. For example: 1 A – Healthcare Workers; 1B – Frontline Essential Workers and Individuals over age 65 etc.
7How old must you be to get vaccinated against COVID-19?
There is currently no pediatric vaccine available. You must be at least 18 years old to receive Moderna vaccine and 16 years old to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Please bring proof of age.
8Will 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.
9Who shouldn't get vaccinated?
There are some people for whom the COVID-19 vaccination is not yet recommended. These include children under the age of 16 as this vaccine has been developed and tested so far on adults only and there is currently no pediatric vaccine available. Also, if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are currently positive for COVID-19, you should wait until after your isolation period has ended before being vaccinated. If you have are unsure about whether vaccination is the right choice for you, please talk to your healthcare provider. If you do not have a primary care provider and would like to receive care from a VNA physician or nurse practitioner please call, 630.892.4355.
10I’ve had COVID – should I still get vaccinated?
Yes! Public health guidelines recommend vaccination for individuals over the age of 16.
11I am pregnant or plan to become pregnant, should I still get vaccinated?
If you are pregnant, VNA recommends you discuss vaccination with your health care provider per CDC guidelines. Visit the CDC website for further information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/pregnancy.html. If you do not have a health care provider and would like to obtain one, please call VNA at 630.892.4355.
12I am breastfeeding – should I still get the COVID-19 vaccination?
There are no data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in lactating women or on the effects of mRNA vaccines on the breastfed infant or on milk production/excretion. According to guidance from the CDC, mRNA vaccines are not thought to be a risk to the breastfeeding infant. Women who are breastfeeding and are part of a group recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, such as healthcare personnel, may choose to be vaccinated and should discuss this with their healthcare provider if they need further advice. Visit the CDC website for further information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/pregnancy.html.
13I’ve got a health condition and so I’m not sure whether I should be vaccinated, what should I do?
Talk with your Primary Care Provider (PCP). If you do not have a primary care provider and would like to receive care from a VNA physician or nurse practitioner please call, 630.892.4355.
14I 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.
15If I have had another vaccine such as the flu shot, can I still get my COVID-19 shot?
If you have had another vaccine such as the flu shot, you must wait a full fourteen days before you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Also, after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine you must wait at least 14 days before receiving another vaccine such as the flu shot.
16I understand the vaccination requires two shots. Why, and what if I am unable (or do not want) to get a second shot?
The COVID-19 vaccines currently available require two shots to be fully effective. This helps make sure that enough antibodies are being produced to provide effective and long-lasting protection. The first dose of the vaccine will provide some amount of protection, but the recommendation is to receive two doses to be fully protected as intended.
17How will I know when to get my second shot?
Currently, CDC recommends 2 doses of Moderna vaccine separated by 29 days. CDC currently recommends 2 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine separated by 21 days. If you received your initial dose from VNA before March 1st, VNA will text or email you an invitation to make an appointment for a second dose based upon CDC recommendations in effect at that time. For those who received their first dose on or after March 1st, your second dose appointment will be made when you receive your first dose.
18If I get vaccinated, can I stop wearing a mask?
No. While the COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective, it is not 100% effective. That means that there is still a small chance that you could get infected. If you’ve been vaccinated, it may be possible for enough of the virus to be present in your nose or mouth for you to unknowingly spread it to those around you, even if you don’t experience symptoms. Until researchers confirm that this doesn’t happen, wearing a mask helps you protect the people in your community who haven’t received the vaccine yet. Until the COVID-19 pandemic is controlled, people who receive the vaccine need to continue following Illinois Department of Public Health guidance such as the use of facemasks, social distancing, and regular hand washing. This protects you as well as your family and community.