COVID-19 Vaccination Information
For all evolving information for COVID-19 and its vaccinations, please visit CDC.gov. Be sure to always fact-check information you find online with CDC.gov, local health departments and other credible sources.
To find current vaccination locations near you go to: https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/vaccination-location. Please note that the number of locations in this area that are giving COVID-19 vaccines are increasing weekly. Be sure to check back regularly for updates and vaccine locations.
Q: IS HOPEDALE MEDICAL COMPLEX OFFERING VACCINES?
HMC is not administering vaccines at this time. Please do not call or reach out to HMC as our staff will be reaching out to our eligible patient base to schedule appointments as the vaccine becomes available.
Q: WHO CAN RECEIVE THE VACCINE?
As of January 18th, Peoria City/County Health Department, Tazewell County Health Department and Woodford County Health Department are collaborating with OSF HealthCare, UnityPoint Health, and Heartland Health Services to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to to our 65+ population.
The tri-county health departments have also started offering vaccination appointments to Phase 1B frontline workers.
• First Responders – Fire, police, 911 workers, security personnel, school officers
• Education (Congregate Child Care, Pre-K through 12th grade) – Teachers, principals, students support, student aids, daycare workers
• Food and Agriculture – Processing, plants, veterinary health, livestock services, animal care
• Manufacturing – Industrial production of good for distribution to retail, wholesale or other manufactures
• Corrections Workers & Inmates – Prison/jail officers, juvenile facility staff, workers providing in-person support, inmates
• United States Postal Services Workers
• Public Transit Workers – Flight crew, bus drivers, train conductors, taxi drivers, paratransit drivers, in-person support, ride sharing services
• Grocery Store Workers – Baggers, cashiers, stockers, pick-up, customer service
• Shelters/Adult Day Care – Homeless shelters, women’s shelter, adult day/drop-in program, sheltered workshop, psycho-social rehab
Q: HOW DO I SCHEDULE MY VACCINE APPOINTMENT?
For 65+ population: The healthcare systems mentioned above will begin reaching out to their patient base to schedule a vaccination appointment in the coming months. They will also be contacting and working with independent providers, and those without a primary care physician, to link them with scheduling a vaccination appointment in the coming weeks. Again, residents should refrain from contacting providers at this time; health systems will be reaching out directly to our 65+ population.
For 1B Frontline Workers: If you are employed in one of the above areas, please contact the health department of your choice to schedule your appointment. You will be required to return to the same location for the second dose within the 21/28-day requirement. If you are unsure if you are eligible, please contact the health department to determine your Priority group.
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Q: CAN THE PFIZER-BIONTECH COVID-19 VACCINE CAUSE INFERTILITY IN WOMEN?
A: There is no scientific evidence to suggest that the vaccine could cause infertility in women. In addition, infertility is not known to occur as a result of natural COVID-19 disease, further demonstrating that immune responses to the virus, whether induced by infection or a vaccine, are not a cause of infertility. Reports on social media have falsely asserted that the vaccine could cause infertility in women and the FDA is concerned that this misinformation may cause women to avoid vaccination to prevent COVID-19, which is a potentially serious and life-threatening disease. More information can be found at the Food and Drug Administration website.
Q: SHOULD WOMEN WHO ARE PREGNANT OR LACTATING RECEIVE THE COVID-19 VACCINE?
- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that COVID-19 vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant individuals who meet criteria for vaccination based on ACIP-recommended priority groups.
- COVID-19 vaccines should be offered to lactating individuals similar to non-lactating individuals when they meet criteria for receipt of the vaccine based on prioritization groups outlined by the ACIP.
- While a conversation with a clinician may be helpful, it should not be required prior to vaccination, as this may cause unnecessary barriers to access.
- Additional detailed information can be found at American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
I have more questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine? Where can I find answers to my questions?
- Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Vaccine Website to get answers to some of these questions. Topics include:
- What are the benefits to getting vaccinated?
- Will the vaccines work?
- US Vaccinations by the Numbers
- What should I expect at my vaccine appointment?
- About the U.S. Vaccination Program
- Get answers to commons questions about the COVID-19 vaccines
Questions or concerns in regards to COVID-19?
Speak directly to a nurse in regards to COVID-19 by calling our hotline at (309) 449-3321 or by emailing COVID19@Hopedalemc.com
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