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
    • Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) - Age 18 years and up
    • Pfizer and Moderna - Age 6 months and up (Under 17 years must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian)
      • Vaccine for ages 6 months-11 years is not available at the Bensenville location.
      • Click the links to the Clinic locations in the Vaccination Registration box below for availability.
  • Additional Doses for the Immunocompromised
    • Schedule your additional 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 6 months-11 years 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. - 11:45 a.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.

If 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 6 months-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 6 months and older.

Visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/downloads/COVID-19-vacc-schedule-at-a-glance-508.pdf for the complete recommended COVID-19 vaccination schedule.

Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html for a helpful tool to determine if and when you need a booster shot.

Who shouldn't get vaccinated?

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.

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 6 months and older
– Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Spikevax, for everyone ages 6 months 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 6 months 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) 892-4355.

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

COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people 6 months 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) 892-4355.

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 multiple doses of the COVID-19 vaccine?

Visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/downloads/COVID-19-vacc-schedule-at-a-glance-508.pdf for the complete recommended vaccination schedule.

Who is considered to be immunocompromised and recommended to receive additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine?

Additional doses: Some people with moderately or severely compromised immune systems should receive  additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. You should get the same product as primary series of vaccinations.

Additional doses are 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.

Visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/downloads/COVID-19-vacc-schedule-at-a-glance-508.pdf for the complete recommended schedule.

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

Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html for a helpful tool to determine if you need a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.

Can I mix and match vaccines?

CDC does not recommend mixing products for your primary vaccine series.

Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html for a helpful tool to determine if you need a booster dose and which type of the COVID-19 vaccination you can get as your booster dose.

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. People are best protected when they stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, which includes getting one booster when eligible.

Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html for a helpful tool to determine if you need a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.