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COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

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Vaccine Q and A page 1 of 2 with tipsQ. What does the COVID vaccine do?
The vaccine helps your body produce a protein that teaches your body how to fight the COVID-19 virus. When your body learns how to fight a virus, you build your immunity. That way, if you are exposed to the virus, your body will know how to fight it so you will not get sick.

Q. Will the vaccine give me COVID-19?
No. The vaccine does not contain the live virus. You can’t get infected or infect others with COVID-19 if you get the 19 vaccine.

Q. What is in the vaccine?
The vaccine has something called mRNA, which helps your body learn how to fight off the COVID-19 virus. mRNA is NOT the virus, and will not change your DNA. There is no chip or anything else in the vaccine that will track you.

Q. Do I need the vaccine if I’ve had COVID-19?
Yes. Even if you have had COVID-19, there is a chance you can get it again. Scientists don’t know if you will be protected forever if you have already had COVID-19. Getting the vaccine lowers the chance you will get COVID-19 again.

Q. If I get the vaccine, does this mean I will never get COVID-19?
No. The vaccines are effective, but there is a small chance you could get COVID-19 after you’ve been vaccinated. This is similar to other vaccines, like the flu vaccine. If you get the vaccine, it is still important to wear masks, maintain social distance and wash your hands.


What Parents Need to Know About The Pfizer Vaccine

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Q. Is the vaccine safe for children?

Yes! Over 1 million teens ages 16-18 have already received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Thousands of children ages 12-15 received the vaccine in a trial, and it was found to be safe and 100% effective.

Q. Can my child get the vaccine?

Yes! Everyone 12 years and older is recommended to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone age 12 and up can receive the vaccine, regardless of if you have insurance or immigration status.

Q. Do kids need the vaccine if they don’t get that sick when they’re infected with COVID-19?

Yes! In the first year of the pandemic, over 1.5 million people ages 12-17 have had COVID-19, with around 13,000 needing to be hospitalized. Even if children don’t have many symptoms, they can still pass the virus to other people. Getting the vaccine will help protect your child’s health and the health of others.

Information for patients

Our staff is regularly receiving updated information, cleaning and disinfecting our sites, and screening patients to make sure we do our part to stop the spread of this virus. Meanwhile we remain open for new patients to address your medical needs. 

For COVID-19 health tips, view/download our health information flyer


Health classes

HHC is offering Wellness groups for patients and community members virtually via Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Please check our Events & Classes page for more information  or for more information, please contact Amanda Montgomery, 312-718-0660.


Need help getting health insurance?

Appointments with the Outreach and Enrollment team are available by phone. To meet a Certified Application Counselor to discuss insurance/costs: call (773) 751-7062 for Spanish/English; for Arabic/English assistance please call 773-751-7045. Interpretation services are available in 200+ languages.


Access for all

During this crisis, all people living in Illinois, whether documented or undocumented, have the same access to healthcare, even if you are uninsured.  Get the flyer from Healthy Illinois on Immigrant Healthcare Resources and Rights. 


Other information

how to do home isolation-English flyerThe best way to avoid getting or spreading a virus is to:

  1. Wash your hands with soap frequently
  2. Avoid people who are sick
  3. If you are sick, stay home except to get medical care. Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home. Here are some tips on how to isolate yourself at home: 

Here is more health information:

We also have downloadable flyers from the CDC in several other languages here

Track the most current information is at and