COVID-19 Community Vaccination Services

COVID-19 Vaccination Services: Information and Age Restrictions

Existing patients, new patients, and the general public are welcome to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at VNA.

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.

  • Age Restrictions
    • Age 18 and up - Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
    • Age 5 and up (Age 5-17 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian) - Comirnaty (Pfizer)
      • Vaccine for ages 5-11 is not available at the Bensenville location.
  • 2nd Dose Appointment - Moderna & Comirnaty (Pfizer) Only
    • 2nd Dose Appointments are scheduled at time of first vaccination for those vaccinated at VNA
    • If first dose was not received at VNA, then you can click below to schedule your second dose
  • 3rd Dose Appointment - Moderna & Comirnaty (Pfizer) Only
    • Schedule your third dose if you are immunocompromised and eligible. Click to see the eligibility criteria in the Frequently Asked Questions
  • Booster Dose Appointment - Comirnaty (Pfizer), Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)

COVID-19 Vaccination Services - No Appointment Needed

Early Morning, Daytime, Evening & Weekend Hours Available

  • In-Clinic Locations and Hours
    • 400 N Highland Ave, Aurora
      Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      Friday - Sunday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • 1400 Indian Ave, Aurora
      Monday & Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • 28 N York Rd, Bensenville
      (Vaccine for children ages 5-11 not available)
      Monday & Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    • 396 Remington Blvd, Ste #230, Bolingbrook
      Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • 397 S Schmale Rd, Carol Stream
      Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • 801 Villa St, Elgin
      Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      Friday & Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • 160 N Independence Blvd, Romeoville
      Monday & Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      Tuesday & Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
      Friday & Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

Information contained on this page is based on limited and preliminary guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and will be subject to change as that guidance evolves. For further information visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/.

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What is VNA’s vaccination process?

VNA recommends that anyone seeking vaccination against COVID-19 register for an appointment immediately or walk-in without an appointment during vaccination hours.


Once an individual registers for an appointment, they will receive an email and text message confirmation with their appointment date and time. Please bring the email confirmation with you to your appointment.

Where will I go to receive my vaccination from VNA?

Currently VNA is administering vaccines at multiple locations located in Aurora, Bensenville, Bolingbrook, Elgin, Romeoville, and Carol Stream.


Children ages 5-11 years can be vaccinated at locations in Aurora, Bolingbrook, Elgin, Romeoville and Carol Stream.

Will 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.

Who should get a COVID-19 vaccine?

– COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for everyone ages 5 years and older.
– Moderately or severely immunocompromised people who are ages 5 years and older and received a Pfizer-BioNTech primary vaccine series or ages 18 years and older and received a Moderna primary vaccine series should receive an additional primary dose of the same vaccine at least 28 days after their second dose.
-Everyone ages 12 years and older who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should get a booster shot.
-Adults age 50 years and older are eligible for a second booster shot.
-Moderately or severely immunocompromised people who are ages 12 years and older are eligible for a second booster shot.


Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html for more information.

Who 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 5 as this vaccine has been developed and tested so far only on ages 5 and older. 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, 630.526.7873.

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.

Should I get vaccinated if I've had COVID-19?

You should get a COVID-19 vaccine even if you already had COVID-19.
Getting sick with COVID-19 offers some protection from future illness with COVID-19, sometimes called “natural immunity.” The level of protection people get from having COVID-19 may vary depending on how mild or severe their illness was, the time since their infection, and their age; and no currently available test can reliably determine if you are protected after a COVID-19 infection.


All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States are effective at preventing COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine gives most people a high level of protection against COVID-19, even in people who have already been sick with COVID-19.


Emerging evidence shows that getting a COVID-19 vaccine after you recover from COVID-19 infection provides added protection to your immune system. One study showed that, for people who already had COVID-19, those who do not get vaccinated after their recovery are more than 2 times as likely to get COVID-19 again than those who get fully vaccinated after their recovery.

Who should wait to get vaccinated?

If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma while sick with COVID-19, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. If you received monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma after you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 to prevent you from getting sick, you should wait 30 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your healthcare professional if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.


If you or your child have a history of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in adults or children (MIS-A or MIS-C), consider delaying vaccination until you have recovered from being sick and for 90 days after the date of diagnosis of MIS-A or MIS-C.

Which vaccines are available?

– Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19, Comirnaty, vaccine for everyone ages 5 years and older
– Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Spikevax, for adults ages 18 years and older
– Johnson & Johnson/Janssen’s COVID-19 vaccine for adults ages 18 years and older


Learn more about different COVID-19 vaccines here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines.html

What are the side effects of getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccination will help protect people from getting COVID-19. Adults and children may have some side effects from the vaccine, which are normal signs that their body is building protection. These side effects may affect their ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Some people have no side effects, and allergic reactions are rare.


Serious side effects that could cause a long-term health problem are extremely unlikely following any vaccination, including COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccine monitoring has historically shown that side effects generally happen within six weeks of receiving a vaccine dose. For this reason, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) collected data on each of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines for a minimum of two months (eight weeks) after the final dose. CDC is continuing to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines even now that the vaccines are in use.


The benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks. Rare cases of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the outer lining of the heart) in adolescents and young adults have been reported more often after getting the second dose than after the first dose of either the Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech) or Spikevax (Moderna) COVID-19 vaccines.


Get a COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 years and older as soon as you can.


Please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect/after.html for a full list of symptoms.

Can I take over-the-counter medicine such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen before getting vaccinated?

It is not recommended you take over-the-counter medicine (such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or acetaminophen) before vaccination for the purpose of trying to prevent vaccine-related side effects. It is not known how these medications might affect how well the vaccine works. If you take these medications regularly for other reasons, you should keep taking them before you get vaccinated. It is also not recommended to take antihistamines before getting a COVID-19 vaccine to try to prevent allergic reactions.


Talk to a doctor about taking over-the-counter medicine, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin (only for people age 18 or older), or antihistamines for any pain and discomfort experienced after getting vaccinated.


People can take these medications to relieve side effects after vaccination if they have no other medical reasons that prevent them from taking these medications normally. Ask your child’s healthcare provider for advice on using a non-aspirin pain reliever and other steps you can take at home to comfort your child after vaccination.


It is not recommended to take these medicines before vaccination for the purpose of trying to prevent side effects.

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.

I am pregnant or plan to become pregnant, should I still get vaccinated?

Pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. If you are pregnant, getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19.


If you have questions about getting vaccinated, a conversation with your healthcare provider might help, but is not required for vaccination. If you are trying to become pregnant now or want to get pregnant in the future, you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems—problems trying to get pregnant. CDC does not recommend routine pregnancy testing before COVID-19 vaccination.


If you are trying to become pregnant, you do not need to avoid pregnancy after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Like with all vaccines, scientists are studying COVID-19 vaccines carefully for side effects now and will report findings as they become available.


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 630.526.7873.

I am breastfeeding – should I still get the COVID-19 vaccination?

COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people 5 years and older, including people who are breastfeeding. Clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccines currently used in the United States did not include people who are breastfeeding.


Because the vaccines have not been studied in people who are breastfeeding, there are limited data available on the:
– Safety of COVID-19 vaccines in people who are breastfeeding
– Effects of vaccination on the breastfed baby
– Effects on milk production or excretion


COVID-19 vaccines cannot cause infection in anyone, including the mother or the baby, and the vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 in people who are breastfeeding. Recent reports have shown that breastfeeding people who have received mRNA COVID-19 vaccines have antibodies in their breastmilk, which could help protect their babies. More data are needed to determine what protection these antibodies may provide to the baby.


Women who are breastfeeding 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.

I’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, 630.526.7873.

Can I get other vaccines, such as the flu shot, and my COVID-19 shot at the same visit?

People can get a COVID-19 vaccine and any other vaccines, including a flu vaccine, at the same visit. Experience with other vaccines has shown that the way our bodies develop protection, known as an immune response, after getting vaccinated and possible side effects of vaccines are generally the same when given alone or with other vaccines.

Do I need a second or third shot of the COVID-19 vaccine?

You need 2 shots to complete the primary series if you receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine) and 3 shots if you are immunocompromised. You should get the same product when you need a second shot or an additional primary dose.


You need 1 shot to complete the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine primary series and a 2 shots (2nd shot must be an mRNA vaccine) if you are immunocompromised.


You should get your second or third shot even if you have side effects after the first shot, unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you not to get it.


Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/your-vaccination.html for more information.

Who is considered to be immunocompromised and eligible for a third shot of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer)?

Additional doses: Some people with moderately or severely compromised immune systems should receive an additional primary dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine 28 days after completing their 2-dose primary series. You should get the same product as your initial 2 doses.


Adults 18 years and older who received the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine should receive a second dose of mRNA vaccine given at least 4 weeks after their first dose to complete their primary vaccination series.


CDC recommends that moderately or severely immunocompromised people ages 5 years and older who completed their COVID-19 vaccine primary series should plan to get an additional primary dose. This additional primary dose is intended to improve immunocompromised people’s response to their primary vaccine series.
This includes people who have:
– Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
– Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
– Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
– Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
– Advanced or untreated HIV infection
– Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response


People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.


Everyone 12 years and older, including immunocompromised people, should get a booster shot. For those who received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine primary series, the first booster should be given at least 3 months after the third dose. For those who received the J&J/Janssen primary COVID-19 vaccine series, the first booster should be given at least two months after their second dose. If you are eligible for an additional primary shot, you should get this dose first before you get a booster shot. Adults age 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised can choose to receive a 2nd booster of an mRNA vaccine at least 4 months after their first booster.

When should I get my second shot, third shot, or booster shot of Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)?

Currently, CDC recommends 2 doses of Moderna vaccine separated by 28 days. CDC currently recommends 2 doses of Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech) vaccine separated by 21 days. Your second dose appointment will be made when you receive your first dose at VNA.


CDC recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive a third dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech) COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.


CDC now recommends that certain people are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot. Individuals who received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine should get their booster five months after completing their primary vaccine series. Individuals who received the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines should receive their booster two months after completing their primary vaccine series. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html for additional information.


Adults age 50 years and older who received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are now eligible to receive a second booster four months after the first booster. The second booster must be an mRNA vaccine.


Adults age 50 years and older who received the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for their primary dose and booster dose are now eligible for a second booster dose at least 4 months after their first booster dose. The second booster must be an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.


Your third dose appointment or your booster dose appointments will not be automatically scheduled. You will need to schedule an appointment or walk in during open vaccination hours listed at the top of this page.

Who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot and when should they receive it?

Adults 18 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series. Adults 18 years and older can get any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States.


Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine recipients age 12 years and older are eligible for their booster dose five months after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series. Adults 50 years and older are eligible for a second booster shot 4 months after their first booster. The second booster must be an mRNA vaccine.


Moderna vaccine recipients age 18 years and older are eligible for their booster dose five months after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series. Adults 50 years and older are eligible for a second booster shot 4 months after their first booster. The second booster must be an mRNA vaccine.


Janssen COVID-19 vaccine recipients age 18 years and older are eligible for their booster dose two months after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series. Adults 50 years and older are eligible for a second booster shot 4 months after their first booster. The second booster must be an mRNA vaccine.


Everyone 12 years and older, including immunocompromised people, should get a booster shot. If you are eligible for an additional primary shot, you should get this dose first before you get a booster shot.


Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html for more details.

Can I mix and match vaccines?

CDC does not recommend mixing products for your primary vaccine series. If you received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, you should get the same product when you need a second shot. However, people ages 18 years and older may get a different product for their booster shot.

Am I considered fully vaccinated if I was vaccinated in another country?

You are considered fully vaccinated if you did one of the following:


– Received one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO)
– Received two doses (or any combination*) of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series authorized or approved by FDA or listed for emergency use by WHO


*CDC does not recommend mixing different COVID-19 vaccines for the primary series but is aware that this is increasingly common in many countries outside of the United States. Therefore, for the interpretation of vaccination records, people who received a mixed primary series are considered fully vaccinated.


If you received a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized nor approved by FDA or listed for emergency use by WHO, you should receive an FDA-authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine. Wait at least 28 days after your last COVID-19 vaccination before starting over with an FDA-authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine. Visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Interim Clinical Considerations for more information.


Once you are fully vaccinated, learn how to stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines for the best protection.

If we need a booster shot, are the vaccines working?

Yes. COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death. However, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection over time against mild and moderate disease, especially among certain populations.

Am I still considered fully vaccinated if I don't get a booster shot?

Yes, the definition of fully vaccinated has not changed and does not include a booster. Everyone is still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the single-dose J&J/Janssen vaccine. Fully vaccinated, however, is not the same as having the best protection. People are best protected when they stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, which includes getting one booster when eligible.

Does the definition of "up to date" include a booster?

It depends. Everyone ages 12 years and older is considered up to date until the time they are eligible for their first booster. After this time period, they need to get 1 booster to be considered up to date. Getting a second booster is not necessary to be considered up to date at this time.


Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html for more information.