1What is VNA’s vaccination process?
VNA recommends that anyone seeking vaccination against COVID-19 register for an appointment immediately or walk in during open vaccination clinic hours.
Once an individual registers for an appointment, they will receive an email confirmation with their appointment date and time. Please bring the email confirmation with you to your appointment.
2Where will I go to receive my vaccination from VNA?
Currently VNA is administering vaccines at multiple locations located in Aurora, Bolingbrook, Elgin, Romeoville, West Chicago, and Carol Stream.
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. Pfizer has received Emergency Use Authorization for us for individuals age 12 years and older. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Jansen) have been granted Emergency Use Authorization for age 18 years and older.
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. Currently all individuals age 12 and over are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
7How old must you be to get vaccinated against COVID-19?
You must be at least 18 years old to receive the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and at least 12 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 12 as this vaccine has been developed and tested so far only on ages 12 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, 630.892.4355.
10I’ve had COVID – should I still get vaccinated?
Yes! Public health guidelines recommend vaccination for individuals over the age of 12.
11I 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.
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. Based on how these vaccines work in the body, COVID-19 vaccines are thought not to be a risk to lactating people or their breastfeeding babies. Recent reports have shown that breastfeeding people who have received COVID-19 mRNA 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.
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?
The COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines may be administered on the same day or at any other interval.
16I understand the Moderna or Pfizer vaccination requires two shots. Why, and what if I am unable (or do not want) to get a second shot?
The Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines 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 28 days. CDC currently recommends 2 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine separated by 21 days. 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.