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Will County Health Department offers information on COVID booster shots

Department also partners with local restaurants to offer pop-up vaccination sites

TTW Staff Report | 10/11/2021, 6 a.m.
To clarify the CDC’s recent recommendation about COVID-19 booster shots, the Will County Health Department is sharing important information about ...

To clarify the CDC’s recent recommendation about COVID-19 booster shots, the Will County Health Department is sharing important information about these additional vaccines.

“It is important to note, these Pfizer booster vaccines are recommended only for individuals who received the two-dose Pfizer vaccine series and are at a higher risk due to being 65 or older, an 18 or older resident of a long-term care facility, or people with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity, dementia, or other chronic diseases,” said Cindy Jackson, Director of Mass Vaccination for the health department. “The CDC is also recommending Pfizer booster vaccines for anyone age 18-64 who is at a high risk for COVID-19 exposure due to their job such as first responders, educators, public transit workers, and grocery store workers.”

Jackson said Pfizer booster shots are only available to those who originally received the Pfizer vaccine. Boosters can be administered six-months after a completed two-dose series of the Pfizer vaccine. Individuals can self-attest to whether they have a qualifying condition without specifying which condition at a vaccine clinic.

There is no need for a referral and the goal of the booster shots is an added protection to residents who are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. Currently, booster shots are not available to recipients of the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

“We want to protect the public health and help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and its variants,” she said.

For more information or to schedule a Pfizer booster vaccine, visit the website: www.willcountyhealth.org/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine-third-dose-booster or call (815) 774-7386.

Meanwhile, in an effort to encourage residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccination and stop the spread of the deadly virus, the Will County Health Department is partnering with local restaurants to host pop up vaccination sites and give away free food to vaccine recipients.

“We are grateful to Golden Corral Buffet & Grill and McDonald’s for the partnership in this important promotion to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations,” said Cindy Jackson, Will County Health Department vaccine coordinator. “This is a win-win situation. Receive a free life-saving COVID-19 vaccine and enjoy free food from these restaurants.”

The pop up vaccination clinics will be offered at McDonald’s from 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 13 Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 11:00-3:00 at the McDonald’s in Peotone, 701 Oriole Drive and on Thursday, Oct. 14 from 11:00-3:00 at the McDonald’s in Beecher, 901 Dixie Highway. On Vaccine recipients will receive a coupon good for one free sandwich at this location.

The pop up vaccination clinic will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Golden Corral Buffet in Bolingbrook, 361 Brookview Lane, and on Monday, October 18 from 1:00-6:00 pm at the Golden Corral Buffet in Joliet, 2100 W. Jefferson Street. Vaccine recipients will receive a coupon good for one free meal that day at that location.

“We are continuing our efforts to make the COVID-19 vaccine as readily available as possible for as many of our residents as possible,” Jackson said. “We understand vaccine hesitancy and have worked hard to eliminate any misinformation after vaccine safety. The COVID-19 vaccinations are safe and effective. We hope this additional incentive will encourage more people to get vaccinated.”

To date, more than 55 percent of Will County’s population is fully vaccinated. The county has administered nearly 800,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

To schedule a vaccine, visit the website: www.willcountyheatlh.org/vaccine-locations/.