COVID-19 Vaccine – Downers Grove

COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID Vaccines Available in Downers Grove

COVID vaccines are only available at our Downers Grove location. We currently have both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available. Pfizer is available for anyone age 12 and older. Moderna is available for those 18 years of age and older. Your second dose will be scheduled at the time of your first visit. 

Booster Vaccines (3rd dose) 

Booster vaccines are available for immunocompromised individuals per the recent FDA approval. Patients seeking a booster vaccine should bring their original vaccination card showing that dose 1 and dose 2 have been administered. Per the recent FDA Emergency Use Authorization, mixing of mRNA vaccines is only permitted for the third shot if the original vaccine is not available. 

Just in: On September 18, 2021, the FDA Advisory Committee voted to extend eligibility for a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine to the following individuals: 

People who previously received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, with their second dose being at least 6 months ago, AND who…

  • Are age 65+
  • Are at high risk of developing severe COVID-19 (clarification yet to come on who this may include)
  • Are at high risk for occupational exposure to COVID-19 (this includes healthcare workers and others to be determined)

Booster Vaccine Eligibility

Booster vaccine eligibility is on your honor, as per the authorization, medical records or a prescription from your physician are not needed. Patients who are eligible include those with moderate to severe immune compromise due to a medical condition or receipt of immunosuppressive medications or treatments. These include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
  • Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
  • Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.

See this Chicago Health Alert and our FAQs below for more information about booster vaccines.

Free Vaccines

The COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge. It is supplied by the United States Government. Your insurance will be billed for the injection only. If you have no medical insurance, you will be covered under the federal CARES Act. No patient – whether insured or not insured – will be billed for any charges. The vaccine is free for patients.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Pfizer and Biontech COVID vaccine is a two-dose vaccine. The second dose will be administered 21 days after your first dose is received. More information can be found in the Pfizer patient vaccine fact sheet.
The Moderna vaccine is a two-dose vaccine. The second dose will be administered 28 days after your first dose is received. More information can be found in the Moderna patient vaccine fact sheet.
The actual vaccine is supplied by the United States government. We charge only for the injection. If you have insurance  (all PPOs, Medicare, and the Advocate HMO), we bill your insurance and there are no out of pocket charges. If you have no insurance (you must be uninsured) then we will use the CARES Act to cover the injection. The vaccine is free.

People who have a weakened immune system, such as those who have had a solid organ transplant, or those who have an equal level of immunocompromise, are now eligible for a booster vaccine if they were administered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for their first two doses. Boosters have not been cleared for patients who had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Booster vaccines should be administered a minimum of 28 days after dose two is given. It is estimated that 3% of the population are immunocompromised.

  • Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
  • Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
  • Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.
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