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COVID-19 News Update

JANUARY 6th, 2022

Pfizer booster dose recommended at 5-months

Will County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is adopting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation to shorten the interval from 6 months to 5 months for when people who have received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine can get a booster dose.

Pfizer Booster Dose
for 12-17 Year Olds

On 1/5/22, Booster doses were approved for all persons aged 12-17 years at least five months after their primary series under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization.

The Updated FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization Form can be accessed HERE.

Will County Health Department will begin administration of booster doses for the expanded 12-15 population on Monday, January 10th.

Happening This Friday!

Joliet Junior College Vaccine Clinic

Main Campus – Lower Level J
1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet

January 7, 2022 8:30AM – 6:30PM

Walk-ins welcome!

Adult Pfizer (12+ only) 1st, 2nd, 3rd & Booster dose
Moderna 1st, 2nd, 3rd & Booster dose
J&J Single & Booster dose

Pediatric 5-11 vaccine will NOT be available at this clinic

Isolation and Quarantine guidelines for the general public

IDPH is adopting CDC guidance on shortening isolation and quarantine periods for COVID-19 for the general public starting on December 30, 2021.

Covid-19 Testing Sites

The Will County Health Department relies our state health department partner, IDPH, and their COVID-19 testing locations to support the testing needs of Will County residents while we deploy our resources toward the preventative measures of timely delivery of booster vaccinations and clinics to support the continually expanding vaccine eligible populations. With the recent spike in demand for testing, we have requested that IDPH re-establish testing locations in Will County. Until then, if you have a need for testing, we recommend the following IDPH COVID-19, PCR testing sites. Test results can be expected within 24-48 hours. High volume of testing may increase test processing time.

Click Here for Shield Testing locations including Joliet Junior College (nasal swab method)

Click Here for Appointment scheduling for SHIELD testing location

Nearby IDPH Drive-thru, PCR COVID-19 Testing Locations
(nasal swab method)

  • 2450 Farnsworth Rd, Aurora
  • 15800 S. State St., South Holland (South Suburban College)

Click Here for Appointment scheduling for IDPH Drive-thru Testing

This can also be completed while in line at the site with a Smart Phone.   Once completed, click on visits, and then click on schedule an appointment.  This will make all IDPH testing site locations available to the user.

Click here for testing times and an expanded list of testing sites throughout the state.

For updated COVID-19 Youth and School resources, Click Here.

You can access Youth and School Data & Metrics and Youth and School Guidance, including music and sports safety, FAQ’s, testing for COVID-19, and school exclusion protocols.

Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine?

Download our Frequently Asked Questions document by clicking below.

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Vax Verify

New updates to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Vax Verify immunization portal now includes use of the SMART™ Health Card. The SMART™ Health Card allows users to download a QR code, which individuals can use to easily confirm a their COVID-19 vaccination status at businesses, events, and other locations.

5-11 Pediatric Pfizer Vaccination

The Illinois Department of Public Health has Adopted CDC recommendations for the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for children ages 5-11

Will County Pediatric Pfizer (ages 5-11) Vaccine Providers

Pediatricians, Pharmacies, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Will County Health Department and other community partners will be providing Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine to children ages 5 to 11.

Third doses for severely immunocompromised children aged 5-11 years old

Additionally, CDC is recommending that moderately or severely immunocompromised children aged 5-11 years receive a third dose of vaccine 28 days after their second dose. At this time, only Pfizer-BioNTech is authorized for children. Parents should talk with their pediatrician or health care provider about a potential third dose.

Will County Health Department will begin to offer third doses for immunocompromised children aged 5-11 on Monday, January 10th.




Third COVID-19 Vaccine Doses for People who are Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised.

A Third dose is NOT a booster dose!

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for both the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to allow a third dose to be administered to people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised following a primary mRNA vaccine series.

Subsequently, CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive a third dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 weeks after their second dose, for a total of three doses. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky endorsed those recommendations. See the full CDC Media Statement here. 


Currently, CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people ages 5 and up receive an additional dose. 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

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 whether getting an additional dose is appropriate.

Individuals can self-attest and receive the third dose wherever vaccines are offered. This will help ensure there are not additional barriers to access for this vulnerable population receiving a needed third dose.


The third dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine should be the same vaccine as the initial series and administered at least four weeks after completing a primary mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series.


While vaccination is likely to increase protection in this population, even after vaccination, people who are immunocompromised should continue follow 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 until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.


Joliet Location Appointments

Pfizer Third Dose FOR IMMUNOCOMPROMISED Ages 5-11

Joliet Location Appointments

Pfizer Third Dose FOR IMMUNOCOMPROMISED Ages 12+

Joliet Location Appointments

Bolingbrook Location Appointments

Contact Tracing

Public Health Centralizing COVID-19 Contact Tracing

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working to centralize COVID-19 contact tracing efforts in order to get information about isolation and identifying close contacts to infected individuals as soon as possible during times when cases are surging, and to decrease the burden on local health departments across the state. Beginning December 28, 2021, all positive cases entered into the State’s data systems associated with a cell phone number will receive an automated text message from IDPH.


Holsten Human Capital Development/Riverwalk Homes

Holsten Human Capital Development (HHCD) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to strengthen at-risk populations by expanding their access to viable resources that promote self-sufficiency, wellness and stability through comprehensive service provision, developing low-income and affordable housing, and fostering economic development. They are a convenient, on-site resource for those living in HHCD communities of agencies providing social and human services. HHCD lives its mission by providing workforce development programs for job seekers and employers, and comprehensive resident services for families, youth, seniors and homeless at-risk individuals to maintain stable, independent and healthy lifestyles; and by collaborating with partners to build strong communities. The team at Riverwalk Homes in Joliet, is led by Program Manager – Elizabeth Protich. HHCD has been actively involved in COVID-19 education to increase vaccination confidence and uptake. Their efforts have included hosting and supporting vaccination clinics, providing vaccine hesitancy presentations, engaging the community through social media outreach, distributing educational material to residents through their H.E.A.L (Healthy Eating and Lifestyle) Food Pantry, and expanding partnerships. As partners through the COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Grant, Holsten Human Capital Development, has reached over 1,751 community members through vaccine outreach and education efforts and assisted in getting 180 community members vaccinated. HHCD not only addresses the importance of getting vaccinated and testing but also connects residents to necessary resources to meet their daily needs. They also provide healthy foods through their H.E.A.L Food Pantry and monthly health screenings. To learn more about Holsten Human Capital Development, visit: or their Facebook Page. Thank you to these devoted advocates. We are grateful for your partnership!

Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission

Healthcare Scholarships

The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission is pleased to offer healthcare scholarships for individuals who reside in zip codes 60432, 60433, 60436, and 60441 Fairmont Area located in Incorporated Lockport Township.

The purpose of the scholarships is to provide financial assistance to those individuals pursuing a course of instruction for healthcare related programs.

Scholarships may be used for tuition, books, and school fees. Completed applications are due by January 15, 2022.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application.
  • Personal statement explaining why the candidate has chosen this particular course of study, and what the candidate hopes to achieve.
  • 3 letters of reference from people not related to candidate. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Community-Based Education & Outreach Grant

Despite generally increased COVID-19 vaccine availability, disparities persist in vaccine uptake, vaccine confidence, and vaccine access.

Community partners are best positioned to understand and address the specific issues of their communities.

IDPH has identified “Target Focus Areas” at the zip code level that could benefit from community partner support. Awards and funds are distributed based on these Target Focus Area calculations.

The intent of this funding opportunity is to award tax-exempt, non-governmental Community Based Organizations (CBOs) with funding to increase vaccine uptake in their areas.

Application Close: January 17, 2022, 5 p.m. CST

Program Dates: February 1, 2022 – January 31, 2023

Location: Funding available in Regions 1-10. Region 11 (City of Chicago) is excluded. COVID-19 Regions

Total Award: $15,300,000, distributed by Regions 1-10 (excludes Region 11, City of Chicago)

Anticipated Number of Awards: 30, distributed by Regions 1-10


Click here for recorded Technical Assistance (TA Session) from December 21, 2021.

How do I apply for this grant?

The grant application is only available in EGrAMS. Visit

Click a link below to schedule your first dose vaccine online.

Second dose appointments will be made at time of the first dose appointment. If you need to schedule a second dose appointment, you must call 815-774-7386.


Upcoming Dates with Special Hours

1/17/22: Joliet Vaccine clinic closed for Martin Luther King Day


Will County Health Department Vaccine Clinic

501 Ella Avenue, Joliet, IL 60433

MONDAYS from 9am – 3:45pm
TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS from 9am – 5:30pm


Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines available

AFTER 10am 

Now with automatic second dose scheduling!


Will County Health Department North Branch Office Pfizer Vaccine Clinic

Regular Wednesday Pfizer Appointments for ages 12 & up

323 Quadrangle Drive, Bolingbrook, IL 60440

from 10am – 5:30pm


Schedule an Appointment Online or Call to Schedule your Vaccination at a Will County Health Department Vaccination Clinic.


County Level COVID-19 Risk Metrics

Hospital Resource and COVID Patient Data

Vaccinations By Zip Code

County Level COVID-19 Community Transmission Data

Cases: 7 Day Total


Cases: Total Per 100K


Positivity Rate


Pop-Up Vaccine Clinics

Beecher 200 U

660 Penfield St, Beecher

March 26th from 9am to 1pm

Adult & Pediatric Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Clinic

Plainfield Public Library District

15025 S Illinois St, Plainfield

March 26th from 11am to 3pm

Adult & Pediatric Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Clinic

St. Peter's Lutheran Church GYM

310 N Broadway St, Joliet

March 26th from 10am to 3pm

Adult & Pediatric Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Clinic

Joliet Public Library Black Road Branch

3395 Black Rd, Joliet

March 26th from 11:30am to 3:30pm

Adult & Pediatric Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Clinic

C.W. Avery Family YMCA

15120 W Wallin Dr, Plainfield

March 27th from 9am to 3pm

Adult & Pediatric Pfizer, & Moderna Clinic


You can sort by county
(use the little arrow that will appear when you hover over the County column to sort by County)

You can also zoom on map to a specific area

Availability of Vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines are widely accessible in the United States. Everyone ages 5 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone at no cost, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.

Many doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and clinics offer COVID-19 vaccinations. Visit to find locations that are offering vaccines to everyone ages 5 years and older. Parents can check with their child’s healthcare provider, their local pharmacy, and health department about whether they offer COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more about how to find a COVID-19 vaccine.

Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccination Event Request

Do you want to host a Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccination Event?


Do you know someone who is interested in receiving a COVID vaccine who is unable to get out of the house due to medical limitations?

Consider applying for our homebound vaccination program through the Will County Health Department! Click the link to apply, and we will follow up with you as soon as we can! We want to get everyone vaccinated, especially those who are most at-risk and homebound.

Our Progress

Over 61% of the population in Will County Are Fully Vaccinated!

Total number of vaccines administered



Total complete doses




of population fully vaccinated

Demographic Breakdown















Ages 5-11

  • 31,042 2.95% 2.95%

Ages 12-17

  • 83,200 7.91% 7.91%

Ages 18-64

  • 715,312 68% 68%

Ages 65+

  • 222,585 21.2% 21.2%



  • 561,112 53.3% 53.3%


  • 489,296 46.5% 46.5%


An easy way to stay updated on vaccine clinic hours and availability of appointments is to follow the Will County Health Department on Facebook. We post each morning the locations that are open that day for appointments and walk-ins.


Click here to visit our page and then follow/like us!

COVID-19 Questions?

Our team of Customer Service Representatives are ready to help answer any question.

Call our COVID-19 Call Center at:


The call center can help…

  • Schedule, Reschedule or Cancel your COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment through the Will County Health Department
  • Find a COVID-19 Vaccination Location near you
  • Find a COVID-19 Testing Location near you
  • Answer basic COVID-19 questions:
    • Information on available COVID-19 Vaccinations
    • General COVID-19 Vaccine related guidelines
    • Where to locate guidelines on the CDC website
  • Sign up for the Will County Health Department Weekly Newsletter
  • Obtain Proof of COVID-19 Vaccinations


Call Center Hours of Operations:
Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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