Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

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    iHotel and Conference Center – 111 St. Mary’s Road, Champaign
  • Walk-in; no appointment needed
  • October 5th – 7th, 12th – 13th, 19th – 21st, 26th – 27th
  • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Kohl's Plaza – 1901 N. Market Street, Champaign
  • Booster appointments can be scheduled through MyCarle and at carle.org/covid-19
  • October 5th – 7th, 12th – 14th, 19th – 21st
  • 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Accessing Vaccine Records

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.

Where To Get Vaccinated

COVID-19 and the Delta Variant

Guidance for Activities During Delta Variant Surge August 17, 2021

Top 5 Things To Know
  1. Getting vaccinated prevents severe illness, hospitalization, and death; it also helps reduce the spread of the virus in communities.
    1. Unvaccinated individuals should get vaccinated and continue masking until they are fully vaccinated.
    2. With the Delta variant, this is more urgent than ever. The highest spread of cases and severe outcomes is happening in places with low vaccination rates.
  2. Data show Delta is different than past versions of the virus: it is much more contagious.
    1. Some vaccinated people can get Delta in a breakthrough infection and may be contagious.
    2. Even so, vaccinated individuals represent a very small amount of transmission occurring around the country.
    3. Virtually all hospitalizations and deaths continue to be among the unvaccinated.
  3. In areas with substantial and high transmission, CDC recommends that everyone (including fully vaccinated individuals) wear a mask in public indoor settings to help prevent spread of Delta and protect others.
  4. CDC recommends that community leaders encourage vaccination and masking to prevent further outbreaks in areas of substantial and high transmission.
  5. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.

When You've Been Fully Vaccinated

People are considered fully vaccinated:
  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. When choosing safer activities, consider how COVID-19 is spreading in our community, the number of people participating in the activity, and the location of the activity. Outdoor visits and activities are safer than indoor activities.

If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, find a vaccine.

If you’ve been fully vaccinated:
  • You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
  • To reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
  • You might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission if you have a weakened immune system or if, because of your age or an underlying medical condition, you are at increased risk for severe disease, or if a member of your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.
  • If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
  • You need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States.
    • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.
    • You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.
    • You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.
    • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative. You should isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive.

Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy

Most people in the United States are planning to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but some may want more information before seeking vaccination. They may want to know more about COVID-19 vaccines, including the process for developing and authorizing these vaccines and information about their safety and effectiveness. People may also have previous experiences that affect their trust and confidence in the health system, which could affect their decision to get vaccinated.

By taking time to listen to their concerns and answer their questions, you can help people become confident in their decision to get vaccinated. Also, when you decide to get vaccinated and share the reasons why you did, you can have a powerful influence on your family and community. Strong confidence in the vaccines within communities leads to more people getting vaccinated, which leads to fewer COVID-19 illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Addressing Common Hesitations

For more information on addressing vaccine hesitancy, please visit the CDC's Building Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines webpage.

Facts About COVID-19 Vaccination

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    Should pregnant people get the vaccine?
    • CDC recommends that pregnant people should be vaccinated against COVID-19, based on new evidence on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. Evidence suggests that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy outweighs any known or potential risks and vaccination is essential to protect people. The rise in cases, vaccine hesitancy, and the increased risk of severe illness for pregnant people make vaccination more urgent than ever.
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    What are the most common side effects of the vaccine?
    • After getting vaccinated, you might have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. Common side effects are pain, redness, and swelling in the arm where you received the shot, as well as tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea throughout the rest of the body. These side effects could affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.
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    Can I get vaccinated if I currently have covid-19?
    • No. People with COVID-19 who have symptoms should wait to be vaccinated until they have recovered from their illness and have met the criteria for discontinuing isolation. Those without symptoms need to wait until they have been released from isolation before getting vaccinated. This guidance also applies to people who get COVID-19 before getting their second dose of vaccine.
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    How long will the vaccine protect me from COVID-19? Will this be an annual vaccination, like the flu?
    • We are still learning about length of immunity. To determine how long protection lasts, follow-up studies are required to detect levels of both types of immune responses – antibody and T cell – as well as any repeated exposure risks. As more information becomes available, more information will be shared on the length of immunity.
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    Can I get more than one type of vaccine?
    • No. Current CDC guidance states that the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccines are not interchangeable. You should not get more than one type of coronavirus vaccine, and you should not mix the two-dose vaccines.
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    What is the difference among the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines?
    • The Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are mRNA vaccines that use tiny parts called messenger RNA (mRNA) carried in very tiny lipid particles. The Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines differ in the way the mRNA is built or the way the lipids are used. The two vaccines are also stored in different ways, but each requires two doses.
    • The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a vector vaccine, which places genetic material from the COVID-19 virus inside a weakened version of the adenovirus that cannot cause illness. Adenoviruses are very common viruses that usually cause colds. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires a single dose.
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    How much will this vaccine cost me? Is it covered by my insurance?
    • There is no cost for the vaccine. However, vaccination providers can charge an administration fee for giving the shot that is reimbursed by the patient's public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. No one can be denied a vaccine if they are unable to pay a vaccine administration fee.

Resources

Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

FDA COVID-19 Vaccine Page

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