Chicago-area clinics and pharmacies have started offering COVID-19 vaccine boosters to all eligible people, after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved additional doses of Moderna and Johnson vaccines & Johnson.
So where and when can you get the extra dose of vaccine, if you are eligible?
Chicago health officials announced on Friday that clinics will offer citywide Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine boosters starting Monday.
Chicago Department of Public Health commissioner Dr Allison Arwady said booster shots are free and available in hundreds of places across the city, including at CRPD clinics and events.
Booster doses from Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson will be available at all CDPH pop-up clinics, including co-flu and COVID vaccination opportunities and Protect Chicago at Home events, health officials noted.
To find a clinic in Chicago, click here.
DuPage County health officials have announced that the DuPage County Fairground Vaccination Clinic has reopened and only offers Pfizer booster shots to eligible people.
The clinic is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Walk-in appointments are available, officials noted.
In Kane County, the three booster doses of the coronavirus vaccine are offered at the Kane Vax Hub at 501 N. Randall St. in Batavia. The clinic is open Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
Walk-in tours are welcome or appointments can be made here.
Walgreens said booster shots from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are available in stores nationwide from Friday, although availability varies by location.
Meanwhile, CVS Health announced that certain pharmacy locations and MinuteClinic began offering the Moderna COVID-19 booster to eligible populations on Friday, in addition to the previously authorized Pfizer COVID-19 recall.
According to the company, more than 100 CVS sites in the Chicago area and 400 in Illinois will administer the doses.
Both drugstore chains noted that eligible populations can now choose to receive a different dose than they received for their initial round, in line with new guidelines from the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration.
Walgreens said that while it is “recommended that individuals receive the same product for their booster dose as for their main series,” if the original brand is not available or another brand is preferred, the mixing and pairing will be allowed.
This weekend there will be several mobile pop-up recall events in the suburbs of Melrose Park and Joliet outside of Chicago via UnidosUS.
Here are the dates and locations for the next few days:
Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Swap-O-Rama Flea Markets
4600 Lake Street, Melrose Park
Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Derald Indoor Flea Market
219 Maple Street, Joliet
In addition to the previously announced Pfizer booster eligibility, here is an overview of who can now receive the booster vaccines:
- Eligibility for the Moderna COVID-19 Booster: The eligibility conditions for Moderna and Pfizer-BioTech booster doses are the same. Individuals should wait at least six months after completing their initial series of primary COVID-19 mRNA vaccines to receive their booster dose. Eligible people include:
- Individuals aged 65 and over.
- Residents of long-term care facilities aged 18 and over.
- People aged 18 and over with underlying health problems. People between the ages of 18 and 49 should consider individual benefits and risks, according to CDC guidelines.
- People aged 18 to 64 who are at increased risk of exposure and transmission to COVID-19 due to their work or institutional environment, such as healthcare and essential workers, depending on their benefits and risks individual.
- Eligibility for the J&J COVID-19 Booster: A single booster dose of the vaccine is recommended for people 18 years of age and older who have received a primary dose of J&J at least 2 months after receiving their first dose of primary J&J vaccine.
- Advice on mixtures and matches: In fgeneral, it is recommended that individuals receive the same product for their booster dose as for their primary series.
- However, if the original product is not available or if another product is preferred, mixing and pairing of vaccines with one of the authorized COVID-19 vaccine boosters is permitted.
- The primary vaccination of two-dose vaccines must always be completed with the same product for both doses.