COVID-19 Vaccine RESOURCES
We recognize that COVID-19 vaccines are at the top of everyone’s mind, and that many IFT members are hoping to be able to schedule their vaccination as soon as possible. We also realize you may have questions or concerns regarding the vaccine or vaccination process.
We have created a vaccination resource center to help you sort out some frequently asked questions.
Frequently asked questions
When can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Illinois is distributing the COVID-19 vaccine in a "phased approach".
Persons aged 16 to 64 years with high-risk medical conditions
Other essential workers
The rest of the population.
Where can I get the COVID vaccine?
All vaccinations are by appointment only.
Visit the State of Illinois COVID-19 Response page, enter your zip code and find the locations nearest you.
*As more doses become available, new sites and pharmacies will be added. Please check back regularly for available appointments.
What is the Illinois COVID-19 hotline number?
Is a COVID-19 vaccine safe?
The U.S. vaccine safety system is a deliberate and multi-phase process to ensure all vaccines are as safe as possible. Safety is a top priority. Vaccine candidates conduct clinical trials with many thousands of study participants to generate scientific data and other information for the FDA to determine their safety and effectiveness.
If the FDA determines a vaccine meets its safety and effectiveness standards, it can make these vaccines available for use in the U.S. by approval or Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). After the FDA makes its determination, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will review the available data in order to make vaccine recommendations to the CDC. ACIP will then recommend vaccine use. After a vaccine is authorized or approved for use, vaccine safety monitoring systems will watch for adverse events (possible side effects). The CDC is working to expand safety surveillance through new systems and additional information sources, as well as enhancing existing safety monitoring systems.
How much will this vaccine cost me? Is it covered by my insurance?
There is no cost for the vaccine. However, vaccination providers will be able to charge an administration fee for giving the shot. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration at the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Is the vaccine right for everyone?
The vaccine is appropriate & essential for nearly every adult.
The exceptions are as follows:
You should delay vaccination if you've been diagnosed with COVID within the past 14 days or have a fever or other illness. In addition, CDC recommends the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine be separated from other vaccines, like the flu shot, by 14 days.
The vaccination has not been studied on pregnant women and immunocompromised patients, so the CDC recommends those individuals consult their medical providers about vaccination.
Individuals who have a history of severe allergic reactions should consult CDC guidance and their medical provider before vaccination, as there are rare reports of severe allergic reaction to the vaccine.
Can my employer force me to be vaccinated?
In most cases, school districts may require workers to get vaccinated, though the impact of that decision would have to be bargained with the union and would be subject to workers’ rights under the ADA and Civil Rights Act.
How can my union be engaged in ensuring all members understand the benefits and requirements around vaccination at my worksite?
Employers and unions should work together to educate workers about the vaccine. The union can demand to meet and bargain over the vaccination policy to ensure that the employer’s plan is fair and transparent.
What if I have a medical reason not to be vaccinated?
take the pledge
COVID is real and unpredictable. I don't have the power to stop the virus, but I do have the power to protect myself and my community.
That is why I pledge to get the COVID-19 vaccination.
I do it for me. I do it for my family. I do it for my friends. I do it for all the frontline workers, healthcare professionals, and I do it for YOU! COVID has taken far too many lives this past year and it’s too dangerous to do nothing. For me, the benefits far outweigh the risks.
I take this pledge to make an impact...not to scare you, not to change your mind, or get attention, but to simply remind you to be safe, take precautions...and do what is best for you, your family, and your community.
WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.
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Share the pledge and challenge others
We appreciate your involvement and your willingness to help protect your community. When joining this challenge, you may nominate as many people as you like. We ask that you post this graphic with the pledge text or record a video using the script below on your social media page(s). Then challenge and tag two or more friends, along with IFT, and use the hashtags: #covidpledgechallenge #iftstrong
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I was challenged by _________ (name) to the IFT “COVID Vaccination Pledge Challenge” to protect my students, my community, and YOU.
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I nominate _________ and _________ to join this pledge challenge to help protect us all. Go to ift-aft.org/covidpledge to take the pledge today!
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THE VACCINE WILL GIVE ME COVID-19.
YOU CANNOT GET COVID-19 FROM THE VACCINE.
Neither of the authorized vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. The vaccines contain mRNA which works with the body's natural defenses to safely develop an immune response to the disease. When vaccinated, you will not test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.
THE VACCINE HAS NOT BEEN TESTED ENOUGH TO KNOW IF IT IS SAFE.
THE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE VACCINES HAVE PROVEN TO BE SAFE.
The vaccines were tested in clinical trials involving more than 70,000 people to make sure they meet safety and efficacy standards and protect adults of different ages, races, and ethnicities.
THE VACCINE WILL MAKE ME SICK OR HAVE SEVERE SIDE EFFECTS.
SEVERE SIDE EFFECTS ARE VERY UNLIKELY
While the vaccines have proven to be safe, some individuals who have received the vaccines have experienced some "after-effects" such as pain or swelling near the site of the injection. In fewer cases some individuals who were vaccinated had fever, aches or chills, all of which resolved in a few days.
I'VE ALREADY HAD COVID-19 SO I DON'T NEED TO GET VACCINATED.
THE CDC RECOMMENDS THAT YOU GET VACCINATED EVEN IF YOU HAVE ALREADY HAD COVID-19.
While you have some natural immunity after recovering from COVID-19, it is not known how long this protection will last. So the vaccine can help protect you after that.
I WON'T NEED TO WEAR A MASK OR SOCIAL DISTANCE ONCE I RECEIVE THE VACCINE.
IT REMAINS IMPORTANT THAT INDIVIDUALS FOLLOW GUIDANCE ON SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND WEAR MASKS EVEN AFTER BEING VACCINATED.
Virus transmission was not studied as part of the clinical trials, so it is unknown whether the approved vaccines stop the spread of COVID-19.