CDC now recommends that children between the ages of 5 and 11 years receive the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine. Learn more about vaccines for children and teens
Please note, additional vaccination options may be available through school districts and other retail locations.
CDC has strengthened its recommendation on booster doses for individuals who are 18 years and older. Everyone ages 18 and older should get a booster shot either when they are 6 months after their initial Pfizer or Moderna series or 2 months after their initial J&J vaccine.
If you need a copy of your vaccine record, you should first contact the place where you were vaccinated.
If they are unable to supply a sufficient record (and you were vaccinated in Illinois), you can request a copy of your State of Illinois immunization record be sent to you directly from the Illinois Department of Public Health's I-CARE system. Complete this records release form and follow all instructions listed at the top of the form to submit to IDPH. More information about I-CARE.
You can also access your records through IDPH's new immunization portal, Vax Verify. For more information on the Vax Verify portal, please visit IDPH'S Vax Verify web page. You can access the Vax Verify portal directly.
If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may not be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated and have received an additional dose. You should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people until advised otherwise by your healthcare provider.
COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at protecting you from getting severely sick even if you get infected.
These recommendations can help you make decisions about daily activities after you are fully vaccinated.
Boosters: CUPHD recommends everyone 18 and older to get a COVID booster. You are eligible for a Booster if you are 18yrs and older and six months have passed since your last dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine (2 months from J amp;J vaccine)
COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing infection, serious illness, and death. Most people who get COVID-19 are unvaccinated. However, since vaccines are not 100% effective at preventing infection, some people who are fully vaccinated will still get COVID-19.
An infection of a fully vaccinated person is referred to as a "vaccine breakthrough infection."
Bottom Line: COVID-19 vaccines protect everyone ages 5 years and older against severe illness, including disease caused by the Delta variant and other variants circulating in the United States.
More information from the CDC on Breakthrough Infections.