The vaccines can protect you from getting severe COVID-19
Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep yourself, your loved ones, and your community healthy.
Vax and Relax.
COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications. If you get sick, you might spread the disease to friends, family, coworkers, and everyone around you.
If you’ve had the virus, you may have some natural protection, known as immunity, but we don’t know how long this protection lasts. The COVID-19 vaccinations will help protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness.
Wearing masks and social distancing will reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.
We are committed to equity.
CCDPH is committed to an equitable distribution of vaccine, with an emphasis on communities that have been most dramatically impacted by COVID such as senior citizens and traditionally underserved populations. Click here to see CCDPH’s White Paper on our commitment to vaccine equity
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COVID Vaccine FAQs
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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
If you work in healthcare, at a school, college, university, state-owned or operated church or place of worship, and you are not fully vaccinated, you are required to get tested weekly. Employees who are exempt from the vaccine requirement due to a medical or religious reason must get tested weekly.
Can health care workers, school personnel, higher education personnel, and higher education students choose to be tested rather than be vaccinated, even if they do not meet the requirements for a medical or religious exemption?
Yes. If you are required to get vaccinated (because you work in healthcare, at a school, college/university or state-owned or operated church or place of worship), you do have the option to be tested weekly instead. However, your employer may have stricter requirements.
When do health care workers, school personnel, higher education personnel, and higher education students need to be vaccinated?
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.
Updated November 29, 2021, 1:07 PM