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Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine for ages 12+

Now is a great time to get your vaccine!

Learn about the requirements for each vaccine below and then select the one that best fits you and/or your family.

FDA approves and recommends

2nd Booster dose

for certain individuals

  • Individuals ages 50 years and older may receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) at least 4 months after their first booster dose
  • Individuals ages 12- 17 with immunocompromised conditions may receive a second booster dose of Pfizer vaccine at least 4 months after receiving their first booster dose
  • Individuals ages 18 years and older with immunocompromised conditions may receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 (Moderna or Pfizer) vaccine at least 4 months after the first booster dose
  • Individuals ages 18 – 49, who received Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine as both their primary series dose and booster dose may receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccine at least 4 months after receiving the first Janssen booster dose

 

Vaccination Information

Pfizer

Who is eligible
Individuals 5 years and older

Dosage

  • 2 dose primary series
  • 3rd dose for moderate to severe immunocompromised conditions
  • Booster dose for 5 years and older
  • 2nd booster dose for ages 50+
  • 2nd booster dose for individuals ages 12+ who have immunocompromised conditions

Moderna

Who is eligible
Individuals 18 years and older

Dosage

  • 2 dose primary series
  • 3rd dose for moderate to severe immunocompromised conditions
  • Booster dose
  • 2nd booster dose for ages 50+
  • 2nd booster dose for individuals ages 18+ who have immunocompromised conditions

Johnson & Johnson

Who is eligible
Individuals 18 years and older

Dosage

  • 1 dose primary series
  • Booster dose
  • For additional vaccines please contact the call center at (815) 774-7386

If you need help scheduling your appointment or want additional information, please contact our call center at 815-774-7386.

COVID-19 VACCINE:

INFORMATION FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH IMMUNOCOMPROMISED CONDITIONS

The CDC has updated its recommendations for vaccine doses and timing for people with moderate or severe immunocompromised conditions.

Please read below.

Who Is Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised?

Many conditions and treatments can cause a person to be immunocompromised, also known as having a weakened immune system. People are considered to be moderately or severely immunocompromised if they 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

If your condition or medication isn’t on this list and you think you have a weakened immune system, talk to your healthcare provider about your medical condition and a recommended COVID-19 vaccination schedule.

3-Dose Primary Series Plus Booster for Immunocompromised

CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination guidance include a 5-dose mRNA vaccination series for individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.  CDC recommends that some moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals should get an additional primary dose 28 days following the 2nd dose; this would be considered the 3rd dose. Additionally, an initial booster vaccine (4th dose) should be received no sooner than 3 months after completion of the primary, 3-dose, mRNA vaccine series and a second booster vaccine (5th dose) is recommended 4 months following the receipt of the initial booster.  Booster doses are only for ages 12+. Effective May 19, 2022, a Pfizer booster dose for children 5-11 has been approved. This dose should be given at least 5 months after the 3-dose primary series has been received. These revisions are based on studies demonstrating the effectiveness of the body’s ability to provoke an adequate immune response.

If you received Johnson and Johnson as your first COVID-19 vaccine dose, please contact our call center at 815-774-7386 to schedule future vaccinations as new criteria for additional doses exists.

More information on additional and booster doses for immunocompromised can be found here.

BOOSTER DOSES FOR IMMUNOCOMPROMISED

Everyone 5 years and older, including individuals with immunocompromised conditions, should receive a booster dose. Individuals with immunocompromised conditions should complete their 3-dose, mRNA primary series before scheduling their booster dose. For ages 12 and older, 1st booster doses are recommended no earlier than 3 months following the completion of your primary series. Effective March 29, 2022, second booster doses for ages 12 and older are recommended no sooner than 4 months after receiving your 1st dose booster. Effective May 19, 2022 a Pfizer booster dose for children ages 5 to 11 should be given at least 5 months after the 3-dose primary series has been received.

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR IMMUNOCOMPROMISED INDIVIDUALS

Individuals who are immunocompromised should always consult with their healthcare  provider for guidance. Even after vaccination, immunocompromised individuals should continue following the current prevention measures including wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others they do not live with, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces to protect themselves and those around them against COVID-19.

If you need help scheduling your appointment or want additional information, please contact our call center at 815-774-7386.

REQUIREMENTS FOR 5-17 YEAR OLD VACCINES

All minors under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present during their appointment and must remain with the child throughout the entire visit.

Children ages 5-17 may only receive the Pfizer vaccine which has been approved by the FDA and CDC.

Find your Pfizer Vaccine Clinic above or call 815-774-7386 to schedule an appointment.

Can’t Attend Appointment With Your Child?

If a parent or legal guardian is unable to accompany their child to a clinic run by Will County Health Department, their child can still receive a vaccine if:

    • The minor is accompanied by someone over the age of 18 designated by their parent or legal guardian, and
    • The minor brings the consent FORM signed by their parent or legal guardian. SPANISH FORM