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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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Click here for COVID-19 FAQs for Schools & Children

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No. The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain any parts of the virus, so they can’t give your child COVID-19.

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No. School-aged children do not have to quarantine after returning from domestic travel.   They should continue to attend school in-person. However, they should get tested 3-5 days after returning from their trip and should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days.

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.

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Children and adolescents (ages 12-18 years) receive the same dosage of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as adults. There are no weight requirements for vaccination and the dose is the same no matter what you weigh.

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No. There is no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men.

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Many people do not have any side effects after getting the vaccine.
Some common side effects include:
• pain, redness and swelling on the arm where you got the shot
• tiredness
• headache
• muscle pain
• chills
• fever
• nausea

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BinaxNOW tests can be ordered through CCDPH here OR by contacting IDPH: [email protected]

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.

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To report a communicable disease to CCDPH, call 708-836-8699 or e-mail [email protected]

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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

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