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COVID-19 News Update

FEBRUARY 25th, 2022

Following months of being in the red (high transmission), the county’s COVID-19 transmission rate has declined to substantial transmission (orange). We anticipate the long awaited and welcome transition to low transmission before Spring! We are proud of all the efforts and achievements that have contributed to this change. You can read more about transmission rates on our FAQ page and review Will County and IDPH data on our COVID-19 data page.

Keep It Up Will County!

We are all anxious to move on from this pandemic and current data reveals a downward trend of COVID-19 cases. Vaccination remains our best tool to recover from this pandemic and get back to the things we love. A declining case rate and a rising vaccination rate gains us the upper hand in this pandemic.

If you are not vaccinated, call us; we will listen to your questions, provide information & guidance, & help you schedule a vaccine appointment. 

To keep you most informed, we have been refreshing our web pages. If you haven’t visited our website recently, take a look.


During the February 23rd American Medical Association podcast, Andrea Garcia, AMA’s Director of Science, Medicine and Public Health, shared encouraging COVID-19 case and vaccination data, and a study providing reassuring information regarding COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy.

  • The current daily average of cases which is slightly more than 100,000, has declined more than 80% from its peak in mid-January!
  • Hospitalizations and those in ICU, which are more significant data markers, have declined by approximately 40% since the beginning of February. Daily COVID-19 hospitalizations are reported at approximately 67,000 per day.
  • 7 million people in the U.S. are fully vaccinated, approximately 65% of the population. Almost 92.8 million individuals have received a booster dose.
  • A recent CDC study has discovered that COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy has reduced newborn hospitalizations due to SARS-CoV-2 by 61% during the infants first 6 months.

Encouraging continued vigilance and vaccination

  • To date, 78 million people have been infected with COVID-19 in the U.S. and deaths are nearing 1 million. Nationally, there are still approximately 2,000 COVID-19 deaths per day, with 14 states currently reporting daily rate increases.
  • Last week the CDC published a study that reviewed pediatric hospitalizations during the Omicron and Delta surges. Comparing the peak outbreak periods during both surges, the study uncovered that weekly pediatric hospitalizations were four times greater during Omicron than Delta, with children younger than five having the largest increase in hospitalizations—5 times higher during the Omicron surge.

Click here to read the full transcript or listen to the podcast.

Thumbs up! Get vaccinated - Will County Health Department
Thumbs up! Get vaccinated - Will County Health Department

CDC has revised its COVID-19 vaccination guidance for individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.

This new guidance indicates that an additional booster dose (4th dose) should be received at least 3 months after completion of the primary, 3-dose, mRNA vaccine series.  This has changed from the previous 5-month recommendation.   This revision is based on studies demonstrating the effectiveness of the body’s ability to provoke an adequate immune response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

What are moderate and severe immunocompromising conditions and treatment?

Moderate and severe immunocompromising conditions and treatments include but are not limited to:

  • Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
  • Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
  • Receipt of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell therapy or hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection (people with HIV and CD4 cell counts <200/mm3, history of an AIDS-defining illness without immune reconstitution, or clinical manifestations of symptomatic HIV)
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20 mg prednisone or equivalent per day when administered for ≥2 weeks), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory

It is recommended that immunocompromised individuals consult with their medical provider about COVID-19 vaccination.


Beginning March 14, 2022, the hours of operation of the COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Ella Ave, Joliet will change. On March 14, the hours for the Will County Health Department COVID-19 vaccine clinics will be as follows:

501 Ella Avenue, Joliet, IL 60433

• Tuesdays: 1:30-5:30pm

• Thursdays: 9:00am-5:30pm

323 Quadrangle Drive, Bolingbrook, IL 60440

• Wednesdays: 10:00am–5:30pm

Isolation and Quarantine guidelines

General Public

IDPH has adopted CDC guidance on shortening isolation and quarantine periods for COVID-19 for the general public.

Daycare and Early Care & Education

The CDC and DCFS issued new guidance for staff and children in Early Care and Education (ECE). The key changes within this guidance include a reduction in quarantine and isolation time from 14 days to 10 days and the ability to consider the previously announced 5-day quarantine protocol. The 5-day quarantine option applies only to those 3 years or older, who can consistently wear a mask when around others, and comply with other post-exposure or COVID-19 infection requirements. For those who are unable to consistently mask, a 10-day quarantine is recommended.

Since most ECE programs provide care for children who are not eligible for vaccination, it is imperative for ECE programs to use multiple strategies to prevent COVID-19 and minimize its transmission.

To review the full DCFS COVID-19 ECE Guidance, click HERE.

Uncertain how long to quarantine?
Use the CDC quarantine chart to guide your way.

Get free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.

& MORE! The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced a state distribution program that makes an additional 225,000 test kits available in 14 counties for eligible residents in vulnerable communities. In Will County, eligible individuals residing in zip codes 60432, 60435 and 60436 can order one test kit per household from this program. Each test kit includes 5 tests.

Moderna Vaccine Update

On January 31, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration granted Moderna full approval of their COVID-19 vaccine. The FDA approved vaccine will be marketed as Spikevax and has the same formulation as the 2-dose Moderna primary series vaccine administered to date. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine under emergency use authorization continues to be available for booster doses and 3rd dose administration for certain immunocompromised individuals.


To read the full press release, click here.

Mask Up Will County!

Masks continue to be one of the most effective ways to prevent spreading and becoming infected with COVID-19. Masks prevent you from unintentionally or unknowingly transmitting COVID-19 to others when you speak, cough, sneeze, etc., and masks help to protect you from breathing in airborne virus particles from others. Individuals who are symptomatic or feeling unwell, are within 10 days of testing positive, or have had a close contact exposure, should always wear a mask when around others.

What type of mask is best? Generally, a mask that fits snugly around your face to prevent air leaks and a mask that is comfortable so that you will be more likely to wear it consistently.

Read what health experts at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health have to share about types of masks, mask care and use, and how long we might be wearing them. CLICK HERE

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.

This week, WCHD added its own testing site at 501 Ella Ave., Joliet. If you have a need for testing, we recommend one of the following IDPH or WCHD COVID-19 testing sites. PCR tests are utilized and 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.

To review the full DCFS COVID-19 Early Care and Education Guidance, Click Here.

Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine?

Download our Frequently Asked Questions document by clicking below.

Download the PDF in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Polish, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, or Urdu.

Secure Your Vaccination Card

How important is your vaccination card? It is part of your medical record. It may be needed to travel and to gain entry into businesses or social venues. It may be required for your employment record. Keep it in a secure and accessible place as you would your state ID. Bring it with you when getting any additional COVID-19 vaccinations so it can be updated.

Vax Verify

Want your vaccination record on your smartphone? The Vax Verify immunization portal now offers the SMART™ Health Card. The SMART™ Health Card allows users to download a QR code and access your vaccination record from your Smartphone.

Pediatric Vaccination

Pfizer Request for COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 6 months to 4 years delayed.

On February 1st, Pfizer-BioNTech submitted data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) supporting their request to extend its COVID-19 vaccine, Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to children ages 6 months to 4 years.  On February 11th, the FDA communicated that it would delay discussion on vaccine approval for this age group until Pfizer provides more clinical trial data showing vaccine effectiveness in a three-dose vaccine series.  Pfizer expects to have this data by early April.

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.

Bolingbrook Pfizer Pediatric Vaccination Opportunities for children aged 5-11

On 2/18 and 3/11 we will offer Pediatric Pfizer 1st dose appointments at the WCHD Bolingbrook office. 

Children will be scheduled for their second dose appointment at the same location as follows:

• 1st dose on 2/18 will return on 3/11 for their 2nd dose
• 1st dose on 3/11 will return on 4/1 for their 2nd dose

Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment for Children aged 5-11 at Will County Health Department’s North Branch Office

323 Quadrangle Dr., Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Friday –  3/11

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

The 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.

Pfizer and Moderna Booster Dose for 18+ Now Recommended after 5 months

Will County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has adopted 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 Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines can get a booster dose.

Pfizer Booster Dose
for 12-17 Year Olds

Booster doses have been 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.




CDC Updates Interim Clinical Considerations for Booster Doses for Immunocompromised Individuals

The CDC has updated its recommendations for vaccine doses for people with moderate or severe immunocompromised conditions.  Review the chart below or click here for more detailed information.

CDC COVID-19 vaccination schedule for people with moderate or severe immunocompromised conditions*

*As vaccination recommendations become more complex, we suggest consulting with your health care provider before scheduling your vaccine appointment.

Additional Primary Series Dose (3rd Dose) for People who are Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised.

A Third dose is NOT a booster dose!

CDC’s COVID-19, vaccination guidance includes a 4-dose 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, a booster dose (4th dose) should be received at least 3 months after completion of the primary, 3-dose, mRNA vaccine series. Booster doses are only for ages 12+. This revision is based on studies demonstrating the effectiveness of the body’s ability to provoke an adequate immune response.

More information on 3rd and booster doses for immunocompromised can be found 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 additional primary series dose (3rd 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. If you have received a Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, consult with your health provider for your next vaccination option.


Everyone 12 years and older, including immunocompromised people, should get a booster shot. If you are eligible for an additional primary shot (3rd dose), you should get this dose first before you get a booster shot. Booster doses are recommended at least 3 months following completion of your primary series vaccination.

Click here for the COVID-19 vaccination timeline for immunocompromised individuals.


While vaccination is likely to increase protection in this population, 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.


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. All positive cases entered into the State’s data systems associated with a cell phone number will receive an automated text message from IDPH.


Meet our Health Navigators!

Dr. Moshood Olanrewaju

WCHD Health Navigator

Dr. Moshood Olanrewaju is a tribesman from the popular Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria. He is a community psychologist working on fundamental human rights using core Community Psychology (CP) competencies, including creating alternative settings, knowledge mobilization, facilitating participatory processes, critical conscientization, and applied research.

His primary focus is developing political capital for refugees, displaced migrants, and other marginalized “communities on the move,” and amplifying the group’s voices through advocacy and activism, action-oriented participatory and multi-method research, social equality, consultation, and community education training. Dr. Olanrewaju is currently Co-Chair for SCRA immigrant Justice Group: Society for Community Research and Action: Immigrant Justice.

Moshood has been using his skills and expertise to discuss the importance of vaccinations throughout Will County, especially for our most vulnerable populations.  Moshood has been working with community-based organizations, local fire departments, places of worship, schools, local government, chambers of commerce and businesses, apartment complexes, and community clinics.  He is particularly passionate and well-versed in reaching our racial/ethnic minority groups, and immigrant/refugee/migrant populations to provide both vaccination education and opportunities, as well as advocate for necessary resources to meet the everyday needs of community members. 

Thank you for being a compelling voice and trusted messenger to ensure health equity in our Will County communities!

To learn more about our efforts, programs, or to find a vaccination location near you, please visit our website at: or

COVID-19 Outpatient Treatment

Therapeutic treatments are available for individuals who have been recently diagnosed with COVID-19 or as a preventative medication for those, who due to being severely immunocompromised, are likely not to produce an effective vaccine response.

However, access to these treatments is extremely limited. Supply is limited in quantity and location. Regional hospital coordination centers, the population in IDPH COVID-19 regions, and participation and selection as a federal pharmacy partner were considered when determining supply allocations. Long term care facilities have been allocated supply through their participating pharmacies.

Due to limited supply, how these medications are administered, treatment effectiveness, and potential side effects, eligibility for these medications is very restricted. These medications require a prescription and eligibility must be determined by the individual’s physician.

Click here to learn more about COVID-19 therapies.

Click here to read the recent FDA release on therapeutic treatments.

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

Second dose appointment will be automatically scheduled after you check-in for your first dose. If you need to reschedule a second dose appointment, you must call 815-774-7386.


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



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


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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 65% 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

  • 45,038 3.95% 3.95%

Ages 12-17

  • 95,920 8.42% 8.42%

Ages 18-64

  • 768,899 67.5% 67.5%

Ages 65+

  • 229,597 20.1% 20.1%



  • 606,863 53.3% 53.3%


  • 531,045 46.6% 46.6%


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