This is for US.
Nationally, the African American & Latino community has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Many of us have lost our health, jobs, and loved ones during this difficult year. Here in Elgin, we want to ensure that the African American, Latino, and Lao families have all the information they need about vaccinations. It’s time for us to heal.
If you have questions, that’s okay! Just know that there are people willing to help you!
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Click on one of the locations below to see their COVID Vaccination information.
Advocate Sherman Hospital
1425 N Randall Rd, Elgin, IL 60123
VNA Health Care
St. Joseph Hospital
I'm worried about getting the vaccine.
This seems too fast. How was a vaccine developed so quickly?
- Scientists and public health experts around the entire world focused their efforts on the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time. This has not happened in our lifetimes! Companies produced millions of vaccine doses at the same time as the clinical trials were happening – this way, we would not need to wait to actually make the vaccines at the end of the safety tests.
- Scientists didn’t have to start from scratch. They used what they learned from previous coronavirus outbreaks like SARS in 2003 and MERS in 2012 to help figure out the science behind how the COVID vaccine works.
How well does the COVID-19 vaccine work?
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
Following a careful safety review, the FDA and CDC recommended that the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine should start being used again. Use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was briefly paused so scientists could study 15 extremely rare reports of blood clots out of nearly 8 million people who had received the vaccine so far. After this careful review, scientists feel that the potentially life-saving benefits of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine FAR outweigh its known and potential risks. Our top scientists and doctors have confidence that this vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19. It is important to keep in mind that the risk of this blood clotting side effect is significantly less than 1% and the risk of developing a blood clot from an active COVID infection is 16.5%. This is part of the reason that the CDC and FDA recommended we use the vaccine again.
Most sites are offering all three vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. You have a choice of which vaccine you would like to receive when you schedule your appointment.
Which vaccine is the best?
What side effects might the vaccine cause?
- Fatigue Headache
- Muscle or joint pain
- Fever Pain or swelling at the site of the injection (upper arm)
Most people report that the side effects are more noticeable after the second dose (if it is a two-dose vaccine). Any side effects typically go away after a day or two.