COVID vaccination questions


On January 15, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the expansion of COVID-19 vaccine distribution statewide. Beginning Wednesday, January 25, Illinois began providing vaccines to individuals in the following occupations:

  • Age: Anyone 65 and older
  • First responders: Fire, law enforcement, 911 workers, security personnel, school officers
  • Education: Teachers, principals, student support, student aids, day care workers
  • Food and agriculture: Processing plants, veterinary health, livestock services, animal care
  • Manufacturing: Industrial production of goods for distribution to retail, wholesale or other manufacturers
  • Corrections workers and inmates: Jail officers, juvenile facility staff, workers providing in-person support, inmates
  • United States Postal Service workers
  • Public transit workers: Flight crew, bus drivers, train conductors, taxi drivers, para-transit drivers, in-person support, ride sharing services
  • Grocery store workers: Baggers, cashiers, stockers, pickup, customer service
  • Shelters/Adult Day Care: Homeless shelter, women’s shelter, adult day/drop-in program, sheltered workshop, psycho-social rehabilitation


To accelerate the amount of vaccines distributed, Gov. Pritzker has announced partnerships with mobile sites, hospitals, urgent care centers, and pharmacies, including Walgreens, Jewel-Osco, and CVS. Additionally, Points of Distribution (PODs) have been identified across the State. These sites provide mass vaccinations to those who qualify to receive the vaccine under Phase 1b. Triton College has been selected as a POD.

The Illinois National Guard will be present at all PODs to support processing of paperwork, vaccination, and observation.


Triton College has been selected as a Point of Distribution (POD). Beginning February 3, Triton College will serve as a site for vaccination distribution for those eligible under Phase 1b. Vaccines will be provided only on an appointment basis. Appointments can be made on the Cook County Health (CCH) website.

Triton College does not have any influence or control over who receives the vaccine or the time that an individual or group of people may receive the vaccine.

Please see the frequently asked questions (FAQs) below for more information. The list of questions and corresponding answers will change based on the state of public health and as Illinois leaders provide new guidance.


Q: How will I know when I can get a vaccine?

Q: Where can I find more information on the State’s vaccination plan?

Q: Where are the other PODs located?

Q: Since I’m an employee/student of Triton, do I get the vaccine?

Q: How will Triton serving as a vaccination location effect my classes?

Q: After I get my first vaccination shot, how will I know when and where to get my second shot?

Q: How much will the vaccine cost me?

Q: If I have been infected with COVID-19, should I still get the vaccine?

Q: If I am pregnant, should I still get the vaccine?

Q: Can my children get the vaccine?

Q: Can I stop wearing a face mask and keeping the appropriate social distance if I get the vaccine?

Q: What vaccines are available?

Q: Can I be infected with COVID-19 from the vaccine?

Q: How long does it take for the vaccine to work?

Q: Is Triton offering free COVID-19 testing?