Vaccines effective, widely available…COVID-19 vaccines continue to be highly effective in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death. All Oak Park residents ages 5 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Children under 18 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Vaccinations are free, regardless of insurance or immigration status.
Boosters recommended…Public health officials recommend that everyone age 16 and older get a COVID-19 booster dose. Individuals who received the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine should get a booster at least six months after their second shot. Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients should get a booster shot two months after their initial shot. Public health experts report seeing reduced protection against mild and moderate disease over time, and the latest guidance around booster shots was made in response to this waning of the efficacy of the vaccines along with the emergence of the Omicron variant.
Ways to get vaccinated…COVID-19 vaccines are widely available through most national pharmacy chains and healthcare providers. A range of vaccination options in and around Oak Park are posted on the Village website at www.oak-park.us/vaccine along with the latest local vaccination information. Individuals can also find a COVID-19 vaccine by visiting www.vaccines.gov, texting their ZIP code to 438829 or calling 1.800.232.0233. Oak Park residents who need assistance getting a vaccine can contact the Oak Park Department of Public Health by emailing email@example.com or calling 708.358.5499.
Slowing the spread…Layering proven COVID-19 mitigation strategies remains key to limiting the spread of the highly contagious virus, public health officials say. Community spread of the virus remained high in Oak Park for much of the fall, but adhering to the following recommendations can help contain the virus during the winter months:
- Get vaccinated
- Wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor settings
- Maintain social distance
- Choose outdoor spaces when possible
- Stay home if you are feeling sick
- Test at the sign of any symptom
- Quarantine and isolate when necessary
- Willingly participate in contact tracing
- Increase air flow and ventilation in shared spaces
For the latest information about COVID-19 in Oak Park, visit www.oak-park.us/covid19 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.