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Library staff has collected the following sources of reliable information and helpful tools to help you stay informed about the coronavirus (COVID-19).
This page was last updated on October 7, 2021.
Updated Guidance from the CDC and DCHD
Currently authorized vaccines in the United States are highly effective at protecting vaccinated people against symptomatic and severe COVID-19. Fully vaccinated people are less likely to become infected and, if infected, to develop symptoms of COVID-19. They are at substantially reduced risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 compared with unvaccinated people.
Infections in fully vaccinated people (breakthrough infections) happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant. Moreover, when these infections occur among vaccinated people, they tend to be mild. However, preliminary evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people who do become infected with the Delta variant can be infectious and can spread the virus to others.
If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume many activities that you did before the pandemic, but you should wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission to maximize protection from the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others (CDC). Visit the DCHD for the current COVID-19 transmission level in DuPage County.
The CDC now recommends that people aged 65 years and older, residents aged 18 years and older in long-term care settings, and people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after completing their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series. Other groups may receive a booster shot based on their individual risk and benefit. Visit the CDC to learn more.
All Illinois residents 12 years of age and older are now eligible and recommended to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. The CDC recommends everyone who is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic. Individuals 12 years and older are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which has been granted full approval from the FDA.
Children between the ages of 2 and 12 should wear a mask in public spaces and around people they don’t live with. Clinical trials for children under 12 years of age are ongoing to determine if the existing vaccines are safe and effective for them.
COVID-19 Vaccine booster shots are available for the following Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine recipients who completed their initial series at least 6 months ago:
- 65 years and older
- 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
- 18+ who work in high-risk settings
- 18+ who live in high-risk settings
The DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) is currently vaccinating individuals 12 years of age and older at the Community Vaccination Clinic at 111 N. County Farm Road in Wheaton. Click here to register for an appointment.
For more information, visit www.dupagehealth.org/covid19vaccine or call 630-682-7400.
A parent or guardian must accompany anyone who is under 18 to their appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine. Some vaccine locations require the first and second doses to be administered from the same location. Further eligibility restrictions at vaccine locations may vary depending on county eligibility requirements.
DuPage County registration: Complete this online form to register for the COVID-19 vaccine.
If you are homebound, please use this link to register to receive the vaccine from the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD). There will be an opportunity in the online form for you to indicate you need homebound services. You will be contacted to schedule and make arrangements for your vaccination. For assistance with registering, please contact the DCHD call center at 630-682-7400.
For assistance making appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, contact:
- The DuPage County Health Department COVID-19 Call Center by calling 630-221-7030.
Assistance is available Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- The Illinois Department of Public Health Vaccine Appointment Call Center by calling 833-621-1284.
English and Spanish-speaking agents are available seven days a week from 6 a.m. to midnight. Translation into other languages is also available.
For general questions about COVID-19 and local response and guidance, contact:
- The DuPage County Health Department by calling 630-682-7400
- The Illinois Department of Public Health by calling 800-889-3931 or emailing DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV
Please note that for some locations below, an appointment may be required and additional provisions may apply.
The DCHD Community Vaccination Clinic locations at 111 N. County Farm Road in Wheaton and at 1111 E. Jackson Street in Lombard are accepting walk-ins Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. DCHD will re-open its mass vaccination site at the DuPage County Fairgrounds on October 13, 2021 for booster doses as well as primary vaccination for eligible persons not yet vaccinated against COVID-19. To save time, register before you arrive. Check the DCHD website for hours and locations of the Care Van, a walk-up, free mobile clinic traveling throughout DuPage County.
Vaccines.gov: Search for locations that offer COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots.
Full Vaccination and Travel FAQs
The answers below and more information can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
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