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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some common questions about COVID-19, the vaccines, and guidance.
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0.5 Children (2)

The unvaccinated teacher will need to resume weekly testing when they return to work.

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They must have received the first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series (Pfizer or Moderna) or a single dose vaccine (J&J) by September 19, 2021.

For those with Pfizer or Moderna 2-dose vaccine: The second dose must be done within 30 days (no later than October 19, 2021). For employees starting in these positions after September 19th, the employer will determine when vaccination must be completed.

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02. Vaccines (5)

Yes, effective July 1, 2021, the COVID-19 Vaccination Rights for Employees and Employer Obligations Ordinance went into effect. In Cook County, employers cannot require workers to get vaccinated outside of work hours. If your employer requires you to be vaccinated and your appointment is during your shift, you are to be compensated up to four hours per dose. If your employer does not require you to be vaccinated, you can use paid sick leave or paid time off to get vaccinated, but your employer cannot require you to find coverage for your shift during that time. Learn more or file a complaint with Cook County’s Commission on Human Rights: https://bit.ly/VaxRights

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Yes. Private workplaces can require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Yes, health care workers, school personnel, higher education personnel and students, and state employees and contractors who work at state-owned or operated congregate facilities are required to be fully vaccinated or  undergo weekly testing and can provide confirmation of a negative test result on a weekly basis.

Category: 02. Vaccines

There is no federal or state mandate to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC recommends the vaccine to all Americans 12 and over.

Category: 02. Vaccines

They must have received the first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series (Pfizer or Moderna) or a single dose vaccine (J&J) by September 19, 2021.

For those with Pfizer or Moderna 2-dose vaccine: The second dose must be done within 30 days (no later than October 19, 2021). For employees starting in these positions after September 19th, the employer will determine when vaccination must be completed.

Categories: 0.5 Children, 02. Vaccines

03. Testing (4)

The unvaccinated teacher will need to resume weekly testing when they return to work.

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No. Antibody tests should not be used to diagnose a current infection and are not recommended to meet the requirements of Executive Order 2021-22.

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All Cook County residents aged 12 years or older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, children under 18 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. In some cases, parental consent can be given in advance. Vaccinations are free, regardless of insurance or immigration status. Visit myshotcookcounty.com or cookcountypublichealth.org to find a site near you.

Category: 03. Testing

Schools and other community-based testing sites do not need a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waiver when collaborating with a testing provider for screening, such as SHIELD Illinois. The testing provider will be responsible for obtaining a CLIA waiver. Go here for info: https://shieldillinois.com/

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05. Masking (2)

Yes. In Illinois, people in indoor public places must wear a face covering at all times, unless they can consistently maintain six feet of distance all of the time (such as when working in an office or cubicle).

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Sometimes wearing a face covering may not be possible. Face coverings should not be worn by someone if it creates a risk to workplace health, safety, or job duty as determined by the workplace risk assessment.

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06. Guidance/Mandates (1)

Governor Pritzker signed Executive Order 21-22 on September 3, 2021. This Order requires all individuals over the age of 2 and who can medically tolerate a face covering to wear a face covering when in indoor public places. The Executive Order also requires health care workers, school personnel, higher education personnel and students, and employees and contractors of state-owned or operated congregate facilities to be fully vaccinated.

10. Miscellaneous (1)

A “public indoor place” is an indoor event space, facility, or building where people visit or work. Examples of public indoor places include businesses, retail establishments, office buildings, entertainment venues, hotel meeting rooms and ballrooms, lobby areas, and indoor sports complexes.

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