Coronavirus

COVID-19 vaccine clinic at NIU Convocation Center Wednesday, Jan. 19

Cindy Graves, operations chief with the DeKalb County Health Department fills syringes with the COVID-19 vaccine in May 2021 during a clinic at the Convocation Center at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb

DeKALB – Anyone interested will have another chance to get a free COVID-19 vaccination Jan. 19 at another mass vaccination clinic hosted by the DeKalb County Health Department.

According to a news release from the county health department, the clinic is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center, 1525 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.

All COVID-19 vaccines – including Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson – will be available at this clinic, according to county health officials. Immunization types that will be offered include the initial series of the vaccine for all eligible ages, boosters and pediatric for patients ages 5 to 11.

The Pfizer vaccine is the only one available to people as young as five. Moderna and Pfizer are a two-dose vaccine, and Johnson & Johnson is a single dose.

Patients receiving the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines are eligible for a booster shot six months after their second dose. For the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, it is two months after the first dose.

Health officials recommend wearing a short-sleeved shirt to make the vaccine more easily administered. Patients should wear a face covering when attending the clinic, bring a photo ID, bring their vaccination cards if they already received at least their first dose and their complete consent forms from the health department.

To sign up for an appointment online, visit app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=21571681&appointmentType=29499907.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way for people to protect themselves from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. Additional measures people can take include avoiding crowded and poorly ventilated spaces, wearing a mask in public indoor settings, delaying travel until you’re fully vaccinated and staying home if you are sick or show symptoms of COVID-19, or waiting on test results.

To ask DeKalb County health officials additional vaccine-related questions, email covid19@dekalbcounty.org.

For information about COVID-19 in DeKalb County, visit health.dekalbcounty.org/.