COVID vaccination questions
TRITON COLLEGE COVID-19 POINT OF DISPENSING (POD) DESIGNATION
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.
COVID-19 VACCINATION FAQs
Q: How will I know when I can get a vaccine?
A: Each county has their own website dedicated to sharing information and updates on the vaccine distribution plan with their residents. Residents of each county are asked to register for updates on the vaccine distribution specific to their county. (Please note that these links are NOT for appointments. These links are only to receive information on plans for vaccine distribution).
- Cook County: cookcountypublichealth.org/communicable-diseases/covid-19/covid-vaccine
- DuPage County: www.dupagehealth.org/covid19vaccine
- Kane County: kanehealth.com/Pages/COVID-Vaccine
- Lake County: allvax.lakecohealth.org
- McHenry County: mchenrycountyil.gov/county-government/departments-a-i/health-department
- Will County: willcountyhealth.org/covid-19/covid-vaccine
Q: Where can I find more information on the State’s vaccination plan?
A: The Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines, vaccination plan, and FAQs are provided at https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/vaccination-plan.
Q: Where are the other PODs located?
A: Gov. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have not released a full list of vaccination locations.
Q: Since I’m an employee/student of Triton, do I get the vaccine?
A: 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.
Q: How will Triton serving as a vaccination location effect my classes?
A: This will have no effect on classes.
Q: After I get my first vaccination shot, how will I know when and where to get my second shot?
A: After an individual is vaccinated, he or she will get a vaccination record card that includes when and where the first dose was administered and the type of vaccine. The place you received your vaccine (pharmacy, clinic, doctor’s office, etc.) will follow-up via text, email, and/or phone call regarding your second dose.
Q: How much will the vaccine cost me?
A: There is no cost for the vaccine, but health care providers can charge an administrative fee for giving the shot(s). If charged that fee, individuals can be reimbursed by private insurance. Uninsured individuals may seek reimbursement from the Health Resources and Services Administrator’s Provider Relief Fund.
Q: If I have been infected with COVID-19, should I still get the vaccine?
A: Yes, according to the Illinois Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control.
Q: If I am pregnant, should I still get the vaccine?
A: Illinois Department of Public Health encourages individuals to discuss their situation with their doctors since pregnant women were not involved in the clinical trials of either vaccine.
Q: Can my children get the vaccine?
A: No, since a pediatric vaccine still has not been approved and clinical trials are needed, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Q: Can I stop wearing a face mask and keeping the appropriate social distance if I get the vaccine?
A: No. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and IDPH emphasize that all individuals should continue wearing masks, avoid crowds, maintain at least 6 feet between themselves and others, and wash their hands often to help protect themselves and others from COVID-19. While the vaccines are highly effective, they are not 100% effective.
Q: What vaccines are available?
A: In December, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) authorized two vaccines for emergency use: one from Pfizer and BioNTech, and the other from Moderna. Both vaccines will be offered at the POD at Triton College.
Q: Can I be infected with COVID-19 from the vaccine?
A: No. There is no live virus in either vaccine.
Q: How long does it take for the vaccine to work?
A: The COVID-19 provides “some protection a couple of weeks after your first shot, and reaches its greatest effectiveness after your second short,” according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Q: Is Triton offering free COVID-19 testing?