Information and guidance related to COVID-19 is changing rapidly. Residents are urged to monitor www.oak-park.us/covid19 for the latest news and developments. In themeantime, officials continue to stress the following:
Get vaccinated…With COVID-19 vaccines widely available, public health officials encourage anyone who is eligible, but not yet vaccinated to make it a priority to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccines are safe, highly effective and an important tool in the fight against the disease. They also are free, regardless of insurance or immigration status.
Vaccinations protect everyone…Getting vaccinated helps protect you, those around you and the entire community. COVID-19 vaccines work with your immune system if you are exposed. The vaccine will not give you COVID-19, create an infection or make you contagious. You might experience some side effects within the 24 hours after receiving a shot, including headache, muscle pain, chills, fever and pain at the site of injection, but these side effects are normal and mean your body is building protection. Vaccination also is a safer way to build protection than getting sick with COVID-19, which can have serious, life-threatening complications.
Be ready when school resumes…Eligible students are urged to get vaccinated before the start of the school year. In addition to being protected against COVID-19, students who are fully vaccinated are not required to quarantine if they are exposed to someone who tests positive.
Get all required doses…Some vaccines require two doses while other vaccines may require only one dose. For the two-dose vaccines, the first dose primes your immune system to respond to the virus. The second dose makes the effects of the vaccine last longer. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the required number of doses.
Ways to get vaccinated…COVID-19 vaccines are available through a number of vaccine providers in and around Oak Park, including Walgreens, CVS and Jewel-Osco pharmacies. Many providers offer vaccines with or without an appointment. Find a COVID-19 vaccine at www.vaccines.gov, by texting your ZIP code to 438829 or calling 1.800.232.0233. Many healthcare providers also may provide COVID-19 vaccines to their patients. Residents who need assistance getting a vaccine locally can email to email@example.com or call 708.358.5499.