We are working with schools to keep children and school staff healthy and to limit the spread of COVID-19
As a reminder, our jurisdiction does not include the cities of Chicago, Evanston, Oak Park, Skokie, or Stickney Township.
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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.
Children are just as likely to get COVID-19 as adults! It is true that children are less likely to have symptoms and if children have symptoms they are usually mild. But children with COVID-19 can still get very sick, need to go to the hospital, and even die.
Yes. COVID-19 vaccines are safe for children and teens. CDC recommends everyone ages 5 years and older get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible to help protect against COVID-19. The benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks. For more information, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/children-teens.html
My child will be 12 in a month or so. Should I vaccinate him/her now or wait until he can get the full dose?
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.
Clinical trials (the research) are happening right now to make sure the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for kids as young as 6 months old. We cannot say for sure but it looks like the vaccine will be ready for children under 5 sometime in the beginning of 2022.
Cook County COVID Metric
IDPH does direct-ship for some schools. CCDPH requires pick up in Oak Forest.
If schools work with the SHIELD program, they will also assist with the following for BinaxNOW: training, reporting, CLIA waiver, physician standing order. They will still need to order BinaxNOW tests through CCDPH or IDPH.
SHIELD signup via emailing Beth Heller, Senior Director of External Affairs for SHIELD, at [email protected] or clicking here.
COVID Vaccine Information
Reporting to CCDPH
- CCDPH Travel Guidance
- CDC Guidance and Materials for Schools and Childcare Facilities
- CDC Guidance for Colleges and Universities
- IDPH Adaptive Pause and Metrics
- IDPH Childcare Guidance
- IDPH Exclusion Guidance (Decision Tree for Symptomatic Individuals)
- IDPH Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Schools
- IDPH Releasing COVID-19 Cases from Isolation and Quarantine
- IBHE COVID resources
- ISBE Guidance Webpage
- Restore Illinois Plan
School Webinar Series
In partnership with Cook County Intermediate Service Centers, CCDPH is hosted a series of informational webinars to help schools prepare for the school year and address questions and concerns from school personnel.
To register click here.