COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The COVID-19 vaccine is available to everyone age 12 and older, regardless of your immigration status or whether you have health insurance. Visit for more information about the choices available to you.

Why should I get a vaccine?

  • The vaccine is free, effective, and safe, and helps protect you and your community against COVID-19, which can cause serious long-term side effects and death.
  • It is possible to be re-infected with COVID-19 even if you have already had it.
  • Reduced community spread of COVID-19 includes benefits like safely seeing loved ones, reopening local businesses, enjoying time outside, and getting kids back to school.

Where can I get the vaccine?

  • You can ask your doctor about getting a vaccine or you can find a vaccine near you by visiting, including information about free rides to appointments and free childcare during your appointment.
  • You can text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you in the U.S.
  • You can visit your local pharmacy or visit the IDPH website.
  • If you or someone you know needs assistance scheduling an appointment, call the toll-free IDPH hotline at 833.621.1284.

Are the vaccines safe?

  • Yes. The vaccine cannot give you COVID-19 and it does not contain any part of the virus.
  • Millions of people have received COVID-19 vaccines, and no common long-term side effects have been detected.
  • For more information, please see the Centers for Disease Control’s page on vaccine safety.

What to expect when getting vaccinated

  • You will receive a vaccine shot, likely in your arm, from someone who has been trained in giving vaccines. You may feel a slight pinch, like any other vaccine or shot.
  • Vaccine administrators ask that you be monitored 15-30 minutes after receiving the vaccine in case of any severe allergic reaction, which is very rare.
  • You will get a vaccination card and be asked to come back for your second dose in 3-4 weeks. It is very important for you to complete all required doses of the vaccine to best protect you from COVID-19.

What to expect after getting vaccinated

  • After receiving the vaccine, you may feel flu-like symptoms, like muscle-aches and a fever, which means your body is building protection.
  • After getting your second dose, you will have the best available protection against COVID-19. Although the CDC does not require masks for vaccinated individuals in most circumstances, you may feel comfortable wearing masks around unvaccinated individuals.
  • The Centers for Disease Control are also continuing to monitor new variants of the COVID-19 virus. Learn more about variants and follow any current public health guidance.

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